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Personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling among high school adolescents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Abdi TA, Ruiter RA, Adal TA - J Gambl Stud (2015)

Bottom Line: Understanding risk factors of problematic gambling is prerequisite to effective intervention design to alleviate the negative consequences of gambling.This study explored the personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling in four high schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among students (N = 422) ranging from 12 to 21 years of age.The study also revealed that men were more at risk for severe problematic gambling than females.

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Understanding risk factors of problematic gambling is prerequisite to effective intervention design to alleviate the negative consequences of gambling. This study explored the personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling in four high schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among students (N = 422) ranging from 12 to 21 years of age. Results from the cross-sectional survey showed that personal feelings (e.g., self-esteem, false perceptions about winning, drug abuse), social factors (e.g., peer influence, parental gambling), and environmental factors (e.g., accessibility of gambling venues, advertisements) were significant correlates of problematic gambling. The study also revealed that men were more at risk for severe problematic gambling than females. Among the identified types of gambling activities, the most prevalent ones were playing cards followed by flipping coin and pool gambling while internet gambling was among the least reported gambling activities. By identifying personal, social and environmental correlates of risky gambling activities this study provides evidence-based information for the systematic design and evaluation of educational interventions to prevent problematic gambling in young people.

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Forms of gambling activities among the adolescents
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Fig1: Forms of gambling activities among the adolescents

Mentions: Adolescents engaged in various forms of gambling activities. The questionnaire identified 16 forms of local gambling activities. The bar graph presented in Fig. 1 reveals that the most frequently reported form of gambling activity is playing cards followed by flipping coins and pool gambling while Internet gambling is among the least reported forms.Fig. 1


Personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling among high school adolescents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Abdi TA, Ruiter RA, Adal TA - J Gambl Stud (2015)

Forms of gambling activities among the adolescents
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig1: Forms of gambling activities among the adolescents
Mentions: Adolescents engaged in various forms of gambling activities. The questionnaire identified 16 forms of local gambling activities. The bar graph presented in Fig. 1 reveals that the most frequently reported form of gambling activity is playing cards followed by flipping coins and pool gambling while Internet gambling is among the least reported forms.Fig. 1

Bottom Line: Understanding risk factors of problematic gambling is prerequisite to effective intervention design to alleviate the negative consequences of gambling.This study explored the personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling in four high schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among students (N = 422) ranging from 12 to 21 years of age.The study also revealed that men were more at risk for severe problematic gambling than females.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT
Understanding risk factors of problematic gambling is prerequisite to effective intervention design to alleviate the negative consequences of gambling. This study explored the personal, social and environmental risk factors of problematic gambling in four high schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among students (N = 422) ranging from 12 to 21 years of age. Results from the cross-sectional survey showed that personal feelings (e.g., self-esteem, false perceptions about winning, drug abuse), social factors (e.g., peer influence, parental gambling), and environmental factors (e.g., accessibility of gambling venues, advertisements) were significant correlates of problematic gambling. The study also revealed that men were more at risk for severe problematic gambling than females. Among the identified types of gambling activities, the most prevalent ones were playing cards followed by flipping coin and pool gambling while internet gambling was among the least reported gambling activities. By identifying personal, social and environmental correlates of risky gambling activities this study provides evidence-based information for the systematic design and evaluation of educational interventions to prevent problematic gambling in young people.

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Related in: MedlinePlus