Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 433–451 | Cite as

Perceptions of the Extent of Problem Gambling Within New Casino Communities

  • B. Grant Stitt
  • Mark Nichols
  • David Giacopassi


Several recent studies using objective measures have found that the rate of pathological gambling in the U.S. is less than 5%. To determine the general population's perception of the prevalence of pathological gambling, a survey was conducted in seven communities where casinos have recently opened. Of the 1631 respondents who provided an estimate, the mean response was that 16% of the community residents were problem gamblers, more than three times the rate found by studies using specific diagnostic criteria. A regression equation found several demographic and attitudinal items are associated with higher prevalence estimates. In addition, the data support a “close to home” hypothesis that respondents who have relatives who have experienced problems with gambling will tend to perceive higher rates of problem gambling in the community.

problem gambling community perceptions pathological gambling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Grant Stitt
    • 1
  • Mark Nichols
    • 2
  • David Giacopassi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nevada, RenoReno
  2. 2.University of NevadaReno
  3. 3.University of MemphisUSA

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