Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 405–411 | Cite as

Gambling Control Self-efficacy as a Mediator of the Effects of Low Emotional Intelligence on Problem Gambling

  • Inderjit Kaur
  • Nicola S. Schutte
  • Einar B. Thorsteinsson
Original Paper


This study investigated whether lower emotional intelligence would be related to less self-efficacy to control gambling and more problem gambling and whether gambling self-efficacy would mediate the relationship between emotional intelligence and problem gambling. A total of 117 participants, including 49 women and 68 men, with an average age of 39.93 (SD = 13.87), completed an emotional intelligence inventory, a gambling control self-efficacy scale, and a measure of problem gambling. Lower emotional intelligence was related to lower gambling self-efficacy and more problem gambling. Gambling control self-efficacy partially mediated the relationship between emotional intelligence and problem gambling.


Emotional intelligence Gambling Self-efficacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inderjit Kaur
    • 1
  • Nicola S. Schutte
    • 1
  • Einar B. Thorsteinsson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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