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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Administration

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The purpose of this study was to compare UNLV national social sorority members and non sorority female students with regards to gambling behavior in order to illustrate that belonging to a sorority provides a co-ed with a more productive and fulfilling experience at college. This study also provided a research design and gambling questionnaire for use on other college campuses to evaluate students in terms of gambling behavior. In the fall semester of 1995, a 70-item questionnaire was administered to 267 female students. Sorority membership/nonmembership was the independent variable. Dependent variables were related to gambling behavior; the exact number was determined by factors which emerged from the questionnaire. A factor analysis revealed two factors of gambling behavior--Negative Consequences of Gambling and Types of Gambling Activity. T-tests were performed using the independent variables and the dependent variables to determine the differences between sorority member and nonmember gambling behavior. Ancillary analyses compared grade point average, academic college affiliation, and residency status with the two gambling variables. The results of this study showed that there were no significant differences between the gambling behavior of sorority members and non sorority female college students. Belonging to a sorority made no difference whether a female student had problems with gambling or not. However, the research design of this study can be used to identify problem gamblers on a college campus. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, four percent of the female students polled were found to have problems with gambling. One percent were probable pathological gamblers. These findings were consistent with national averages.


Behavior; Comparison; Gambling; Membership; Nonmembership; Sorority; Terms

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Educational sociology; Women's studies; Behaviorism (Psychology)

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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