Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 347–359 | Cite as

Personality, Gender, and Family History in the Prediction of College Gambling

  • Serena M. King
  • Kenneth Abrams
  • Todd Wilkinson
Original Paper


The present study examined the degree to which gambling behaviors and gambling-relevant cognitive distortions could be predicted by personality factors, gender, and familial history of substance use and gambling problems in a large sample of college students (N = 581). Results indicate that parental gambling problems and, especially for males, a propensity to experience negative emotions predicted time spent gambling and gambling problems. Negative emotionality, along with parental substance use problems, impulsivity, and being male predicted gambling-related cognitive distortions. The differing pattern for impulsivity with respect to behaviors and beliefs might be explained by the low accessibility of gambling venues for the student population. We compare the present findings with past studies examining gambling behaviors in adult populations.


Gambling Personality Family history Gender 



The authors wish to thank Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. for his advice and assistance in the development of the research protocol for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serena M. King
    • 1
  • Kenneth Abrams
    • 2
  • Todd Wilkinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHamline UniversitySaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCarleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Wisconsin-River FallsRiver FallsUSA

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