Vietnamese Australian Gamblers’ Views on Luck and Winning: Universal Versus Culture-specific Schemas

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Ohtsuka, Keis and Ohtsuka, Thai (2010) Vietnamese Australian Gamblers’ Views on Luck and Winning: Universal Versus Culture-specific Schemas. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 1 (1). pp. 34-46. ISSN 2195-3007


This article examines Vietnamese Australian gamblers’ views on luck and winning to explore their subjective perspectives. Illusion of control beliefs have been identified as a predictor of gambling frequency and a risk factor for problem gambling. Culture-specific beliefs regarding luck and winning may further strengthen universal illusion of control beliefs. Twenty-one Vietnamese-Australian gamblers were interviewed with regard to their subjective views of luck and winning at gambling. It was hypothesized that regular gamblers would hold substantial illusion of control beliefs, that culture-specific schemas would be present in their beliefs about gambling outcomes, and that universal schemas commonly found in gamblers from other cultural backgrounds would also be present. The results indicated that Vietnamese Australian gamblers held both universal illusion of control beliefs and some culture-specific beliefs. The implications of culture-specific schemas in reinforcing illusion of control beliefs are discussed.

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Originally published in 2010 by Hong Kong Medicine Press; archived by Springer in 2014.

Item type Article
DOI 10.1186/BF03342117
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID21310, culture and gambling, illusion of control, Vietnamese Australian gamblers
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