Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 633–647 | Cite as

Cultural Influences on Stigmatization of Problem Gambling: East Asian and Caucasian Canadians

  • Jasmin Dhillon
  • Jenny D. Horch
  • David C. Hodgins
Original Paper


Cultural influences on problem gambling stigma were examined using a between subject vignette study design. Students of East Asian (n = 64) and Caucasian (n = 50) ancestry recruited from a Canadian University rated a vignette describing either an East Asian problem gambler or a Caucasian problem gambler on a measure of attitudinal social distance. In accordance with the hypothesis, a factorial ANOVA revealed that East Asian Canadians stigmatize problem gambling more than Caucasian Canadians. Moreover, East Asian participants stigmatized the East Asian individual described in the vignette more than they did the Caucasian individual. Individuals with gambling problems were generally not perceived as being dangerous. However, participants who perceived problem gambling as a dangerous condition wanted more social distance than those who did not perceive individuals with a gambling problem as dangerous.


Problem gambling Stigma Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jasmin Dhillon
    • 1
  • Jenny D. Horch
    • 2
  • David C. Hodgins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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