Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 363–370 | Cite as

Gambling among primary school students

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Dominique Dubé
  • Annie Bujold
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Abstract

This study identifies the gambling behavior of 1,320 primary school students aged 8 to 12 of the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Eighty-six percent admitted to having, at some time or another, bet money. Lotteries are the most popular form of gambling for this age group. Sixty-one percent of these students gamble with lotteries. In descending order of popularity, other games played by students were: bingo, card-playing for money, bets on sports, wagering on specific events, video gambling (video poker and slot machines), and finally betting on games of skill. Gambling behaviors differed according to gender. More than 40% of respondents reported gambling once a week or more for at least one game. Because of the early development of gambling behavior in children, prevention programs for pathological gambling should be implemented as early as the fourth grade.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Dominique Dubé
    • 1
  • Annie Bujold
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole de PsychologieUniversité Laval, QuébecQuébecCanada

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