Sociodemographic correlates of internet gambling: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey

Griffiths, M., Wardle, H. , Orford, J., Sproston, K. and Erens, B. (2009) Sociodemographic correlates of internet gambling: findings from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 12(2), pp. 199-202. (doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.0196) (PMID:19072080)

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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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wardle, Dr Heather
Authors: Griffiths, M., Wardle, H., Orford, J., Sproston, K., and Erens, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:CyberPsychology and Behavior
Publisher:Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN:2152-2715
ISSN (Online):2152-2723
Published Online:10 December 2008

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