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The Influence of Religiosity on Gambling Participation
Desmond Lam
Source PublicationJournal of Gambling Studies

Gambling is now a popular legal activity among people around the world. Despite numerous studies on individuals' gambling behavior, few researchers examine the influence of religiosity on gambling participation. This study investigated the effect of religiosity, measured in terms of frequency of religious participation and importance of faith, on gambling participation across four different types of games: casino, track, lottery, and bingo. Using data collected by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in 1999, the study found that there was indeed a significant difference in the frequency of religious participation between gamblers and non-gamblers. Moreover, it seemed like the more types of games one played, the lower was their frequency of religious participation. The importance of faith, however, did not seem to have a significant impact on gambling participation. The implications of these findings to businesses and public policy makers were discussed.

KeywordReligiosity Gambling
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WOS Research AreaSubstance Abuse ; Psychology
WOS SubjectSubstance Abuse ; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000250573300004
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Document TypeJournal article
Corresponding AuthorDesmond Lam
AffiliationFaculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Av. Padre Toma´s Pereira S.J., Taipa, Macau S.A.R., China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
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Desmond Lam. The Influence of Religiosity on Gambling Participation[J]. Journal of Gambling Studies,2006,22(3):305.
APA Desmond Lam.(2006).The Influence of Religiosity on Gambling Participation.Journal of Gambling Studies,22(3),305.
MLA Desmond Lam."The Influence of Religiosity on Gambling Participation".Journal of Gambling Studies 22.3(2006):305.
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