Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 409–426 | Cite as

An Examination of the Relationship Between Gambling and Antisocial Behavior

  • Sandeep Mishra
  • Martin L. Lalumière
  • Michael Morgan
  • Robert J. Williams
Original Paper


Problem gambling is significantly more prevalent in forensic populations than in the general population. Although some previous work suggests that gambling and antisocial behavior are related, the extent and nature of this relationship is unclear. Both gambling and antisocial behavior are forms of risk-taking, and may therefore share common determinants. We investigated whether individual differences in personality traits associated with risk-taking, the Big Five personality traits, and antisocial tendencies predicted gambling and antisocial behavior among 180 male students recruited for a study of gambling (35.0% non-problem gamblers, 36.7% low-risk gamblers, 21.7% problem gamblers, and 6.7% pathological gamblers). All forms of gambling and antisocial behavior were significantly correlated. Personality traits associated with risk-acceptance explained a significant portion of the variance in problem gambling, general gambling involvement, and all forms of antisocial behavior. Antisocial tendencies (aggression and psychopathic tendencies) explained a significant portion of additional variance in severe antisocial behavior but not moderate or minor antisocial behavior. When controlling for personality traits associated with risk-acceptance, the relationship between gambling and antisocial behavior was greatly diminished. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that gambling and antisocial behavior are associated because they are, in part, different manifestations of similar personality traits.


Gambling Antisocial behavior Risk-taking Personality Antisocial tendencies Delinquency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandeep Mishra
    • 1
  • Martin L. Lalumière
    • 1
  • Michael Morgan
    • 1
  • Robert J. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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