Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 145–156 | Cite as

Gender Differences in Characteristics of Chinese Treatment-Seeking Problem Gamblers

  • Catherine So-kum Tang
  • Anise M. S. Wu
  • Joe Y. C. Tang
Original Paper


A total of 952 (841 men and 111 women) Chinese treatment-seeking problem gamblers completed self-report assessment forms. Female in contrast to male gamblers were more likely to be older, married, less educated, and without employment. Female gamblers also started gambling at an older age, had a shorter gambling history, preferred casino and mahjong gambling, and reported more somatic complaints and suicidal thoughts. Male and female gamblers accumulated similar amount of gambling debt and reported an average of 12 gambling-related problems on the Chinese version of the South Oaks Gambling Screen [Lesieur and Blume (Am J Psychiatry 144:1184–1188, 1987)]. Both groups were similarly troubled by their indebtedness, inability to control gambling, and gambling-related interpersonal problems. However, female gamblers had fewer means to pay their gambling debt. Given that significant gender-related differences were observed in Chinese problem gamblers, prevention and treatment services should attend to specific needs of male and female gamblers.


Gender and problem gambling Chinese problem gamblers Chinese gambling behaviors Asian treatment-seeking gamblers Chinese female gamblers 



The investigators would like to thank the Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counselling Center in Hong Kong for facilitating data collection for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine So-kum Tang
    • 1
  • Anise M. S. Wu
    • 2
  • Joe Y. C. Tang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, NTHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of MacauTaipa, MacauChina
  3. 3.The Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counseling CenterTuen Mun, NTHong Kong

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