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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 25–39 | Cite as

A Cross-Cultural Study of Gambling Behaviour Among Adolescents

  • Stephen Ellenbogen
  • Rina Gupta
  • Jeffrey L. Derevensky
Original Paper

Abstract

This study investigated whether the prevalence of weekly and problem gambling among youth varied according to cultural affiliation. A convenience sample of 1,265 Quebec high school students aged 12–18 was divided into three linguistic groupings: Anglophone (English), Francophone (French), and Allophone (other). Results revealed that the Allophone grouping contained the highest proportion of youth who gambled on a weekly basis and who reported gambling problems, followed by the Anglophone, and finally the Francophone groupings. Acculturation difficulties were associated with problem gambling. Few meaningful between-group differences were found with respect to factors related to problem gambling (i.e., comorbidity with other risk factors, coping, family functioning and resiliency). The results are discussed with respect to the influence of cultural background on gambling behavior.

Keywords

Problem gambling Culture Adolescence Gambling Quebec 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This research was supported by a grant to Drs. Jeffrey Derevensky and Rina Gupta from FRSQ, Quebec.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Ellenbogen
    • 1
  • Rina Gupta
    • 1
  • Jeffrey L. Derevensky
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk BehaviorsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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