ERIC Number: EJ778323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 22
A National Study on Gambling among US College Student-Athletes
Huang, Jiun-Hau; Jacobs, Durand F.; Derevensky, Jeffrey L.; Gupta, Rina; Paskus, Thomas S.
Journal of American College Health, v56 n2 p93-99 Sep-Oct 2007
Objective: The authors examined the national prevalence of gambling problems and sports wagering among US college student-athletes. Participants: A national sample of 20,739 student-athletes participated in the study. Methods: The authors used data from the first national survey of gambling among college athletes, conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Results: Men (62.4%) consistently had higher past-year prevalence of gambling than did women (42.8%). The authors identified 4.3% of men and 0.4% of women as problem or pathological gamblers. Among the most popular forms of gambling were playing cards, lotteries, and games of skill, with male-to-female prevalence ratio ranging 1.3-5.6 across various gambling activities. Athletes in golf and lacrosse were more likely to report sports wagering than were other athletes. Athletes in gender-specific sports wagered more prevalently than did athletes in unisex sports. Conclusion: Gambling prevalence may be underestimated in this population because respondents' athletics eligibility is at stake. This study provides important baseline data for future cohorts of athletes. Includes appendix: DSM-IV Gambling Screen: 10 Questions with Yes/No Answers (Past 12 Months). (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: College Athletics, Incidence, Athletes, College Students, Gender Differences, Antisocial Behavior, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States