Adolescent gambling and impulsivity: does employment during high school moderate the association?

Canale, N., Scacchi, L. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2016. Adolescent gambling and impulsivity: does employment during high school moderate the association? Addictive Behaviors, 60, pp. 37-41. ISSN 0306-4603

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the potential moderating relationships between adolescent gambling and impulsivity traits (negative urgency, positive urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance and sensation seeking) with employment status. High-school students (N=400; 69% male; mean age=18.35 years; SD=1.16; past year gamblers) were surveyed to provide data on impulsivity and employment. Multiple linear regression analysis was applied to examine associations with gambling and related problems. Positive urgency was associated with stronger scores of both gambling frequency and problem gambling. Students in employment had substantially higher frequency of gambling and greater problem gambling. Moreover, the combination of having a job and low perseverance was associated with a particularly high frequency on gambling. These findings further support the importance of positive urgency and employment status in adolescent gambling. The study highlights unique moderating relationship between gambling and lack of perseverance with employment status. Youth with a low perseverance and having a job may have particular need for interventions to reduce gambling.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addictive Behaviors
Creators: Canale, N., Scacchi, L. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: September 2016
Volume: 60
ISSN: 0306-4603
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.04.001DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Apr 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:19
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27646

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