The role of social factors in gambling: evidence from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey

Orford, J., Wardle, H. , Griffiths, M., Sproston, K. and Erens, B. (2010) The role of social factors in gambling: evidence from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey. Community, Work and Family, 13(3), pp. 257-271. (doi: 10.1080/13668803.2010.488101)

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Using data from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey, relationships were explored between gambling variables and each of the three key indices of a person's social position, controlling for age and sex. Personal income was found to be positively and linearly related to gambling prevalence, to number of gambling activities engaged in, and to positive attitudes towards gambling; household occupational category was significantly associated with prevalence and frequency of gambling, with problem or moderate risk gambling, and with attitudes towards gambling (managerial and professional, and intermediate, categories obtained lower values than other categories on each of those variables); area deprivation was significantly positively and linearly related to frequency and volume of gambling and to reports of close relatives having gambling problems. The analyses presented here, whilst primarily exploratory, suggest that future surveys should go further towards examining gambling issues as ones of family and community significance.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wardle, Professor Heather
Authors: Orford, J., Wardle, H., Griffiths, M., 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:Community, Work and Family
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-3615
Published Online:18 August 2010

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