ERIC Number: EJ696215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
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Gambling and Other Risk Behaviors on University Campuses
Engwall, Douglas; Hunter, Robert; Steinberg, Marvin
Journal of American College Health, v52 n6 p245 May 2004
To examine the prevalence of problem gambling and its relationship to other risk-taking behaviors, the authors surveyed 1,350 undergraduates at the 4 campuses of Connecticut State University (CSU) during fall 2000. On the basis of a modified version of the South Oaks Gambling Screen, a widely used screening instrument, they found that 18% of the men and 4% of the women reported that gambling had led to at least 3 negative life consequences (e.g., felt guilty, gambled more than intended), commonly defined as problem gambling. Students identified as problem gamblers, compared with other students, were significantly more likely to be heavy drinkers, report negative consequences of alcohol consumption, and be regular tobacco and marijuana users. Problem gambling was related to binge eating and greater use of weight-control efforts. University athletes were also found to have significantly greater problem gambling rates than nonathletes. The majority of students gambled but experienced few of the negative consequences reported by problem gamblers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut