Adolescent gambling: Temperament, sense of coherence and exposure to advertising

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Abstract

This study examines the relationships between gambling behaviour and temperament, sense of coherence (SOC) and exposure to advertising among adolescents, and the interactions between these three independent variables in relation to problem gambling (PG). One thousand and sixty-nine Israeli adolescents (males 539, females 530), aged 1619, were sampled from 19 high schools. The following instruments were used: a gambling behaviour scale; a PG scale; an advertising exposure scale; Buss and Plomin's emotionality, activity and sociability (EAS) questionnaire measuring temperament; and a short version of Antonovsky's SOC scale. The findings indicated a relationship between recall of exposure to advertising and gambling behaviour and PG among adolescents. No correlations were found between SOC and gambling behaviour and PG, and no correlation was found between temperament and gambling behaviour. However, the effect of temperament on PG was significant for girls only. In addition, no interaction was found between the three independent variables relating to PG. The findings of this study underline the social role of advertisements in the process of developing gambling behaviour among adolescents and its effect on problem gambling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-598
Number of pages13
JournalAddiction Research and Theory
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Gambling
  • adolescents
  • exposure to advertising
  • sense of coherence
  • temperament

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