The Evaluation of a 1-h Prevention Program for Problem Gambling
- 242 Downloads
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.
KeywordsYouth 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.
- Babor, T. F., Caetano, R., Casswell, S., Edwards, G. Giesbrecht, N. Gramham, K., et al. (2003). Alcohol: No ordinary commodity—Research and public policy. Oxford and London: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Herman, J., Gupta, R., & Derevensky, J. (1997). Children’s cognitive perceptions of gambling using a 6/49 task. Paper presented at the Canadian Foundation for Compulsive Gambling Conference, Toronto, June.Google Scholar
- Kennedy, J., Muglia, P., Jain, U., Turner, N. (2004). [Identification of genetic risk factors for pathological gambling.] Unpublished raw data.Google Scholar
- Ladouceur, R., & Walker, M. (1996). A cognitive perspective on gambling. In P. Salkovskis (Ed.), Trends in cognitive and behavioural therapies (pp. 89–120). UK: Wiley.Google Scholar
- Turner, N. E., Lobo, D. S. S., Kennedy, J. L. (2007a). Modeling the psychological and genetic predictors of pathological gambling. Paper presented at the 2007 Harvey Stancer Day, June 21, 2007, Toronto, Ontario.Google Scholar
- Turner, N. E., Macdonald, J., Bartoshuk, M., & Zangeneh, M. (2007b). Adolescent gambling part 1: Correlates of problem gambling amongst school youth. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, (in press).Google Scholar