Award Date

1-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Murray G. Millar

Number of Pages

60

Abstract

Motivation of student gamblers was described and compared with their motivation for other recreational activities. Students (N = 996) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas completed self-report questionnaires including The South Oaks Gambling Screen (Lesieur and Bloom, 1987) and the Recreation Experience Preference Scales (Driver, 1983). Despite differences in statistical significance (p {dollar}<{dollar}.01), pathological gamblers (N = 111) and recreational gamblers (N = 349) shared 7 of their top 10 ranked motives for gambling. Primary motives for gambling appeared to remain stable with practical differences emerging in the rankings of their importance depending on an individual's level of gambling involvement. All students assigned statistically higher importance to their favorite other recreational activities than to their favorite gambling activities. However, recreational gamblers reported more agreement between motives for participating in their favorite gambling activities and their favorite other recreational activities.

Keywords

Behavior; College; Gambling; Recreation; Students

Controlled Subject

Behaviorism (Psychology); Social psychology; Recreation

File Format

pdf

File Size

1914.88 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/md2f-ywy9


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