Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 247–263 | Cite as

Gambling attitudes and participation: A midwestern survey

  • Douglas A. Abbott
  • Sheran L. Cramer

Abstract

In the last few years there has been a tremendous expansion of legalized gambling in the midwest. Multiple forms of gambling are now easily accessible. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent of gambling in a midwestern state and to assess differences in gambling attitudes and behavior between men and women, in various income groups, living in rural and urban areas. In addition, because of the rapid increase in gambling in this region, respondents were also asked their opinions about legalized gambling. Results indicated that gambling was pervasive in all segments of this midwestern sample; however, men spent more than women and urban residents wagered more than rural residents. The poor spent a greater proportion of their income on gambling than those with middle incomes. Both the gamblers, and many of the non-gamblers, would like to see more gambling opportunities in their communities as most view gambling as a benign recreational activity. One in every ten that gambled, however, did report family problems related to gambling.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas A. Abbott
    • 1
  • Sheran L. Cramer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer Science, 123 Home Economics Bldg.University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln

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