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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Gambling Behavior of Student-Athletes and a Student Cohort: What are the Odds?

  • Jeremiah Weinstock
  • James P. Whelan
  • Andrew W. Meyers
  • Jennifer M. Watson
Original Paper

Abstract

This study investigated the prevalence of gambling, gambling related NCAA violations, and disordered gambling in student-athletes (n = 736) with a comparison cohort of students (n = 1,071) at four universities. Student-athletes reported similar rates of gambling frequency, use of a bookmaker, and disordered gambling as students. After accounting for demographic differences, student-athletes were less likely to engage in sports wagering than students. Several risk factors for disordered gambling were identified, including being male and reporting at least one parent with a history of gambling problems. These findings suggest that problems associated with gambling are a university-wide issue with student-athletes meriting additional attention because of implications for the integrity of intercollegiate sports. Improved prevention and intervention efforts for collegiate gambling are recommended.

Keywords

Student-athletes Pathological gambling College students Gambling risk factors 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremiah Weinstock
    • 1
  • James P. Whelan
    • 2
  • Andrew W. Meyers
    • 2
  • Jennifer M. Watson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry – MC 3944 University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.The University of MemphisMemphisUSA
  3. 3.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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