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ERIC Number: ED521206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-0952-1
Using the Multiple Choice Procedure to Measure College Student Gambling
Butler, Leon Harvey
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Auburn University
Research suggests that gambling is similar to addictive behaviors such as substance use. In the current study, gambling was investigated from a behavioral economics perspective. The Multiple Choice Procedure (MCP) with gambling as the target behavior was used to assess for relative reinforcing value, the effect of alternative reinforcers, and delay discounting for gambling among 323 undergraduate college students at Auburn University. Results suggest that individuals respond in a similar manner on the MCP with gambling as they might with a psychoactive substance. Crossover points on the MCP varied according to delay of alternative reinforcer and amount of the alternative. Responses on the MCP were sensitive to reported frequency of gambling, as well as gambling severity as reported on the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), with greater gambling behavior indicative of higher crossover points. Conceptual and treatment implications of applying the behavioral economic perspective to gambling are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States