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Gambling among older Greek Australians: influence of illusion of control beliefs and risk-taking.

Ohtsuka, Keis and Karoglidis, Helen (2001) Gambling among older Greek Australians: influence of illusion of control beliefs and risk-taking. In: 11th National Conference of the National Assoctiation for Gambling Studies. National Association for Gambling Studies, 2001, Alphington, Vic, Australia.

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Abstract

This study explored (a) whether illusion of control beliefs and risk-taking predict problem gambling within the elderly Greek-Australian community, and (b) types of leisure activities associated with gambling. One hundred sixty-four elderly Greek Australians (67 males, 84 females, 13 unknown sex) completed questionnaires on demographic questions, a modified version of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (Lesieur & Blume, 1993), questions regarding illusion of control beliefs, risk-taking, and leisure activities. Backward multiple regression analysis found that illusion of control beliefs, risk-taking, and age together predict problem gambling (accounted for 23% of the variance). Factor analysis isolated 3 groups of leisure activities. Factor 1 comprised dances (.61), eating out (.59), talking on the telephone (.59), and gambling (.75). Factor 2 included a distinct group comprising going for walk (.76), reading/writing (.81), and artistic/craft hobby (.54). Factor 3 accounted for outdoor activities (.75), coffee shop (.56), and part-time work (.57). Based on risk-taking, sensation seeking, illusion of control beliefs, sex, and level of education, the discriminant analysis classified non-problem and problem gamblers with 84.3% accuracy. The results suggest that illusion of control beliefs and risk-taking propensity play a major role in the formation of problem gambling among the elderly Greek Australians.

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Publsihed as Ohtsuka, K., & Karoglidis, H. (2001). Gambling among older Greek Australians: influence of illusion of
control beliefs and risk-taking. In A. Blaszczynski (Ed.), Culture and gambling phenomenon: The
proceedings of the11th National Conference of the National Association for Gambling Studies,
Sydney (pp. 304 – 313). Alphington, Australia: The National Association for Gambling Studies.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Gambling, Greek-Australians, illusion of control beliefs, risk-taking
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Keis Ohtsuka
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/327
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