Internet Gambling and Problem Gambling Among 13 to 18 Year Old Adolescents in Iceland

  • Daniel Thor Olason
  • Elsa Kristjansdottir
  • Hafdis Einarsdottir
  • Haukur Haraldsson
  • Geir Bjarnason
  • Jeffrey L. Derevensky


This study reports findings on Internet gambling and problem gambling among Icelandic youth. Participants were 1.537 13–18 year-old students, 786 boys and 747 girls. Results revealed that 56.6% had gambled at least once in the past 12 months and 24.3% on the Internet. Gender and developmental differences were found for Internet gambling, as boys and older age-groups were more likely to gamble on the Internet than girls or younger age groups. Problem gambling for the total sample was 2.2%, but Internet gamblers were more likely to be classified as problem gamblers (7.7%) than non-Internet gamblers (1.1%). A comparison of the findings of this study to earlier studies on adolescents conducted in 2003 and 2004 reveals that Icelandic adolescents are gambling less in land-based types of gambling and more on the Internet. In general, the results of this study thus suggest that the gambling habits of Icelandic youth are changing.


Adolescent Gambling Internet Problem gambling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Thor Olason
    • 1
  • Elsa Kristjansdottir
    • 1
  • Hafdis Einarsdottir
    • 1
  • Haukur Haraldsson
    • 2
  • Geir Bjarnason
    • 3
  • Jeffrey L. Derevensky
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.Social Services in HafnarfjörðurHafnarfjörðurIceland
  3. 3.Prevention Officer in HafnarfjörðurHafnarfjörðurIceland
  4. 4.International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk BehaviorsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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