Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 417–432 | Cite as

Females' Coping Styles and Control Over Poker Machine Gambling

  • Evelyn D. Scannell
  • Martina M. Quirk
  • Ken Smith
  • R. Maddern
  • M. Dickerson


An investigation of the relationship between impaired control over gambling, coping strategies, and demographic variables was conducted by surveying female poker machine players (N = 163) in their gaming venues. Metropolitan (n = 14) and regional (n = 6) gaming venues in Victoria, Australia participated. Control over gambling was measured using the Impaired Control Over Gambling Scale (Baron & Dickerson, 1994). Coping strategies were measured using (Folkman et al., 1986) adaptation of the Revised Ways of Coping Checklist (Vitaliano et al., 1985). MANOVA supported the hypothesis that the lower the control over gambling the greater the reliance on emotion-focused coping (blamed self, wishful thinking, avoidance) with F = 9.92, 13.35, 14.04 respectively, all significant at p < .001. MANOVA failed to supported the hypothesis that problem-focused strategies (problem focus, seek social support) would be significantly related to control over gambling with F = .82 and .21 respectively. Control over gambling was not related to age, employment, relationship status, education, ordistress from significant life events, further supporting the relationship between control and coping strategies. Ways in which coping styles might be related to pathological gambling are discussed.

female gambling coping styles control over gambling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelyn D. Scannell
    • 1
  • Martina M. Quirk
    • 2
  • Ken Smith
    • 3
  • R. Maddern
    • 4
  • M. Dickerson
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Australian Catholic UniversityAustralia
  4. 4.University of Western SydneyAustralia

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