ERIC Number: EJ1083991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Social Strain, Self-Control, and Juvenile Gambling Pathology: Evidence From Chinese Adolescents
Cheung, Nicole W. T.
Youth & Society, v48 n1 p77-100 Jan 2016
Despite recent concerns over youthful problem gambling, few gambling studies have looked into Asian adolescent populations. This study of a stratified, random sample of high school students in Hong Kong is designed to estimate the prevalence of gambling pathology among Chinese adolescents and to examine the relationships between social strain, self-control and gambling pathology. Based on the DSM-IV-J gambling screen, the rates of probable pathological gambling and at-risk gambling in this sample are 1.1% and 2.4%, respectively. Social strain and low self-control are predictive of gambling pathology, and a higher level of self-control can dilute the adverse effect of social strain on gambling pathology. These findings suggest that besides the social control, support and learning mechanisms often emphasized in juvenile gambling research, a greater understanding of the role that social strain plays and how it interacts with personality traits such as self-control may be informative in the management of gambling-related addictions in adolescents.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Games, Probability, Addictive Behavior, Debt (Financial), High School Students, Incidence, Adolescents, Social Influences, Self Control, At Risk Persons, Predictor Variables, Stress Variables, Student Surveys, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong