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Are Online Gamblers More At Risk Than Offline Gamblers?

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Are Online Gamblers More At Risk Than Offline Gamblers?

Kairouz, Sylvia and Paradis, Catherine and Nadeau, Louise (2012) Are Online Gamblers More At Risk Than Offline Gamblers? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15 (3). pp. 175-180. ISSN 2152-2715

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2011.0260

Abstract

Objectives: To characterize and compare sociodemographic profiles, game-play patterns, and level of addictive behaviors among adults who gamble online and those who do not, and to examine if, at the population level, online gambling is associated with more risky behaviors than offline gambling. Methods: Respondents were 8,456 offline gamblers and 111 online gamblers who participated in a population-based survey conducted in the province of Québec, in 2009. The study sample is representative of adult general population. Results: There is an unequal distribution of online gambling in the population. A disproportionate number of men, young people, and students say they participate in online gambling. Poker players are overrepresented among online gamblers and gambling behaviors tend to be more excessive on the Internet. Compared with offline gamblers, online gamblers report more co-occurring risky behaviors, namely alcohol and cannabis use. Conclusion: Those who gamble online appear to be more at risk for gambling-related problems, but the present findings alone cannot be used as evidence for that conclusion. Future research designs could combine longitudinal data collection and multilevel analyses to provide more insight into the causal mechanisms associated with online gambling.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Kairouz, Sylvia and Paradis, Catherine and Nadeau, Louise
Journal or Publication:Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Date:2012
ID Code:974612
Deposited By:ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:27 Aug 2012 15:54
Last Modified:27 Aug 2012 15:54
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