Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 385–396 | Cite as

Competitiveness Facets and Sensation Seeking as Predictors of Problem Gambling Among a Sample of University Student Gamblers

  • Nicholas Harris
  • Jennifer Newby
  • Rupert G. Klein
Original Paper


Understanding the factors that contribute to problem gambling (PG) is imperative. Individual differences in sensation seeking (SS), as measured by the Sensation Seeking Scale Form (SSS-V), have been found to be predictive of PG among university student samples. However, what is less clear, is if the four SSS-V subscales capture unique facets of SS that are particularly predictive of PG. Much less studied than SS, competitiveness has also been found to be predictive of PG. The Competitiveness Orientation Measure (COM) is a newly developed measure of competitiveness, comprising of four facets. The main purpose of the current study was to examine if these four facets of competitiveness predicted variance in PG over and above the variance predicted by the four SSS-V subscales. Participants included 158 university student gamblers. Sequential regression analysis showed that after accounting for gender, age, and the four SSS-V subscales the only facet of the COM found to be a significant predictor of PG severity was Dominant Competitiveness. Dominant Competitiveness predicted an additional 11 % of PG severity. These results provide support for the Dominant Competitiveness subscale of the COM as having utility in predicting PG over and above the predictive utility of the SSS-V subscales. Practical implications for the current findings are discussed.


Problem gambling Competitiveness Sensation seeking University students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Harris
    • 1
  • Jennifer Newby
    • 1
  • Rupert G. Klein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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