Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 175–183 | Cite as

Disordered Gambling among College Students: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis

  • Lynn Blinn-PikeEmail author
  • Sheri Lokken Worthy
  • Jeffrey N. Jonkman
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to use a meta-analytic procedure to synthesize the rates of disordered gambling for college students that have been reported in the research literature. In order to identify all possible studies that met stringent inclusion criteria, Medline, PsychINFO, and SocioIndex databases were searched with the terms “gambling,” and “college student”. This process resulted in 15 studies concerning gambling among college students that were published through July 2005. To synthesize the 15 studies, a random effects model for meta-analysis was applied. The estimated proportion of disordered gamblers among college students was 7.89%. This estimate is noteworthy because it is higher than that reported for adolescents, college students or adults in a previous study using meta-analytic procedures with studies conducted prior to 1997.


Disordered gambling College students Meta-analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Blinn-Pike
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sheri Lokken Worthy
    • 2
  • Jeffrey N. Jonkman
    • 2
  1. 1.SociologyIndiana University-Purdue University, IUPUIIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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