Socio-demographic correlates of internet gambling: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey

Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Wardle, J, Orford, J, Sproston, K and Erens, B, 2009. Socio-demographic correlates of internet gambling: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12 (2), pp. 199-202.

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Abstract

This study provides the first analysis ever made of a representative national sample of Internet gamblers. Using participant data from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey (n = 9,003 adults aged 16 years and over), all participants who had gambled online, bet online, and/or used a betting exchange in the last 12 months (n = 476) were compared with all other gamblers who had not gambled via the Internet. Overall, results showed a number of significant sociodemographic differences between Internet gamblers and non-Internet gamblers. When compared to non-Internet gamblers, Internet gamblers were more likely to be male, relatively young adults, single, well educated, and in professional/managerial employment. Further analysis of DSM-IV scores showed that the problem gambling prevalence rate was significantly higher among Internet gamblers than among non-Internet gamblers. Results suggest that the medium of the Internet may be more likely to contribute to problem gambling than gambling in offline environments.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: CyberPsychology & Behavior
Creators: Griffiths, M.D., Wardle, J., Orford, J., Sproston, K. and Erens, B.
Date: 2009
Volume: 12
Number: 2
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10.1089/cpb.2008.0196DOI
Rights: This is a copy of an article published in the CyberPsychology and Behavior © 2009 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
CyberPsychology and Behavior is available online at: http://www.liebertonline.com.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:15
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5764

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