Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 83–90 | Cite as

Parents' Attitudes and Knowledge Regarding Gambling Among Youths

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Christian Jacques
  • Francine Ferland
  • Isabelle Giroux
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Abstract

This study evaluates attitudes and knowledge of parents regarding gambling behaviors among youths, aged 5 to 17 years. Telephone interviews were conducted among 279 randomly selected parents (32% fathers and 68% mothers) in the Quebec City region. Results indicate that parents overestimate the age of children's first wagers and underestimate the probability that their own child has already gambled. Most parents (86%) believe that the availability of gambling for youths should be reduced and that schools should include prevention programs concerning problem gambling. Results also show that parents fail to associate excessive gambling with poor grades or with alcohol and drug use. Finally, 84% of the parents reported that they would accept buying lottery tickets for their child. These results suggest that prevention programs for excessive gambling among children should include information for parents.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Christian Jacques
    • 2
  • Francine Ferland
    • 2
  • Isabelle Giroux
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole de PsychologicUniversite LavalCanada;
  2. 2.Universite LavalCanada

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