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Internet gambling among community adults and university students in macao
Wu,Anise M.S.1; Lai,Mark H.C.2; Tong,Kwok Kit1
Source PublicationJournal of Gambling Studies

Despite the high availability of offline gambling in Macao, China, Internet gambling may remain attractive to many gamblers due to its anonymity and convenience. Given the scarcity of relevant research, this study aims to not only investigate the public attitude and prevalence of Internet gambling but also identify the demographic and psychological characteristics of Internet gamblers in Macao. We recruited 952 community adults with the random residential number dialing method and 427 university students through convenience sampling. Only 5.4 % of the community adult respondents preferred online gambling compared to offline gambling, and the past-year prevalence of online gambling was about 1 %. As hypothesized, Internet gambling was found to be positively associated with pathological gambling in both community and student samples. It was also associated with casino employment across samples. Moreover, we found that male gender, casino employment, materialism, and life dissatisfaction were significant risk factors of pathological gambling among Chinese gamblers. The findings provide insights on future designs of preventive measures and research direction for Internet gambling and pathological gambling in Chinese communities.

KeywordAddiction Chinese Internet Pathological Gambling Prevalence
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WOS Research AreaSubstance Abuse ; Psychology
WOS SubjectSubstance Abuse ; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000359536200003
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Document TypeJournal article
Affiliation1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MacauAv. Padre Tomás Pereira,Taipa, Macao,China
2.Department of Educational PsychologyTexas A and M University,College Station,United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Wu,Anise M.S.,Lai,Mark H.C.,Tong,Kwok Kit. Internet gambling among community adults and university students in macao[J]. Journal of Gambling Studies,2017,31(3):643-657.
APA Wu,Anise M.S.,Lai,Mark H.C.,&Tong,Kwok Kit.(2017).Internet gambling among community adults and university students in macao.Journal of Gambling Studies,31(3),643-657.
MLA Wu,Anise M.S.,et al."Internet gambling among community adults and university students in macao".Journal of Gambling Studies 31.3(2017):643-657.
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