The Evaluation of a 1-h Prevention Program for Problem Gambling

  • Nigel Turner
  • John Macdonald
  • Mark Bartoshuk
  • Masood Zangeneh


Reports on the pre-post controlled experimental evaluation of a problem gambling prevention program aimed at school age youth. The program was very positively received by the students. We found a significant, but small improvement in the students’ understanding of random chance; however, we did not find any evidence for changes in gambling behaviour, coping strategies, or attitudes towards gambling.


Youth Gambling Prevention 



This study was supported by a grant from the National Centre for Responsible Gaming. The study was reviewed by ethics board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and approved as Protocol Reference # 011CAMH/99.

The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or the funding agency. We would like to acknowledge Geoff Noonan, Jeff Young and the drama students of Unionville High School for their contributions to this project.

The authors have no conflicting interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Turner
    • 1
  • John Macdonald
    • 1
  • Mark Bartoshuk
    • 1
  • Masood Zangeneh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Gambling Research CentreAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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