Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 71–81 | Cite as

A Comparison of Hispanic and Anglo Calls to a Gambling Help Hotline

  • Mary Cuadrado


Prevalence studies have found that problem gamblers tend to be non-Caucasians. Nevertheless, information on non-Caucasian gambling patterns and problems is virtually non-existent. Data collected during years 1992–1998 on Hispanic (N = 209) and Anglo (N = 5311) problem gamblers calling the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Hotline for help is examined to provide information on one such non-Caucasian group: Hispanics. A sharp difference in the number of Hispanic and Anglo callers was found during this six year period (3.8% Hispanic and 96.2% Anglo). Differences were also found in the likelihood of Hispanics calling about their own problems, having gone for previous help, and types of gambling activities. Similarities were found between the two groups regarding age, marital status, and the three most cited problems caused by gambling: problems with family, inability to pay bills and going into debt. Anglos were significantly more likely to “engage in illegal activities for gambling money” and “problems with job.” Group differences caution against using Anglo based prevention and treatment programs with Hispanics populations.


Marital Status Treatment Program Problem Gambler Prevalence Study Illegal Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Cuadrado
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  1. 1.University of South Florida at SarasotaUSA

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