Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 329–335 | Cite as

Prevention of Problem Gambling: Modifying Misconceptions and Increasing Knowledge Among Canadian Youths

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Francine Ferland
  • Frank Vitaro


Research on gambling demonstrates that youths are involved in gambling activities. As they take part in these activities, young people develop and maintain irrational thoughts about gambling and become at risk for developing severe gambling problems. In a previous study, a French video was designed specifically to correct misconceptions and increase knowledge about gambling (Ferland, Ladouceur, & Vitaro, 2002). Findings indicated that the video significantly improves subjects' knowledge about gambling and corrects their misconceptions. The present study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the English version of that video. The sample comprised 506 grade 7 and 8 English speaking students from Canada. The results confirmed the efficacy of the video in increasing knowledge of gambling and correcting misconceptions concerning the outcome of these games. The implications of these results for the prevention of gambling problems are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Francine Ferland
    • 1
  • Frank Vitaro
    • 2
  1. 1.École de psychologieUniversité LavalQuÉBecCanada;
  2. 2.Université de MontréalQuébecCanada

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