The efficacy of a gambling prevention program among high-school students

Calado, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-2906-7279, Alexandre, J., Rosenfeld, L., Pereira, R. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. The efficacy of a gambling prevention program among high-school students. Journal of Gambling Studies, 36, pp. 573-595. ISSN 1050-5350

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Youth problem gambling has become an emergent public health issue, and adolescents constitute a vulnerable age group for the development of gambling-related problems. Although there is research concerning the risk factors of youth problem gambling, rigorous evaluations of the effectiveness of preventive initiatives is still rare. The present study evaluated the efficacy of an integrative intervention to prevent youth problem gambling based on a multidimensional set of factors including gambling-related knowledge, misconceptions, attitudes, gambling frequency, amount of money spent, total hours spent gambling per week, and sensation seeking. A pre- and post-test design was performed with 111 Portuguese high-school students randomly assigned to two groups (experimental and control). The findings demonstrated that the intervention was effective in improving correct knowledge about gambling, reducing misconceptions and attitudes, and in decreasing the total hours spent gambling per week. The intervention was also effective in reducing the number of at-risk/problem gamblers during the study period. Furthermore, these findings were stable after a 6-week follow-up. Overall, the intervention program appeared to be effective in correcting some gambling-related behaviours, and provides suggestions for future interventions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
Creators: Calado, F., Alexandre, J., Rosenfeld, L., Pereira, R. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: June 2020
Volume: 36
ISSN: 1050-5350
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Nov 2019 09:07
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 16:12

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