Gambling activities of young Australians: Developing a model of behaviour.
Moore, Susan and Ohtsuka, Keis (1997) Gambling activities of young Australians: Developing a model of behaviour. Journal of Gambling Studies, 13 (3). 207 -236. ISSN 1050-5350
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As more gambling venues open in Australia, youth gambling as problem behaviour has been identified. The aim of this study was to assess youth gambling in a population with easy access to gambling, and to evaluate the adequacy of a model for predicting adolescent gambling frequency and problem gambling. The model comprised a combination of the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980), personality variables (venturesomeness, impulsiveness), and cognitive bias variables derived from Weinstein's (1980) propositions concerning unrealistic optimism about future life events. A sample of 1017 school- and university-based adolescents indicated relatively low frequencies of gambling and low scores on the problem gambling scale, with males scoring higher than females on both measures. The TRA was supported with about 30% of the variance of each of gambling behaviour and problem gambling accounted for by intentions, attitudes, and subjective norms. Personality factors added significantly to the prediction of gambling. The cognitive bias variables, although independently not statistically significant, further contributed to prediction.
Published as Moore, Susan and Ohtsuka, K. (1997) Gambling activities of young Australians: Developing a model of behaviour. Journal of Gambling Studies, 13 (3). pp.207 to 236.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||gambling, youth attitude; Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA); problem gambling|
|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:||28 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||23 May 2013 16:38|
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|Citations in Scopus:||60 - View on Scopus|
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