Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Holman, Margery (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Behavioral sciences.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The general purpose of this thesis was to extend research on gambling susceptibilities. More specifically, this thesis was designed to examine two questions which have received very little attention in Canada: what are the gambling habits of current and former Canadian student-athletes and what is their propensity for problematic gambling? To the researcher's knowledge, this would be the first documented study to have examined the gambling behaviour of Canadian student-athletes, both current and former. Modifications were made to the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) to help in the identification of gambling behaviour. The results revealed that while a large majority of the respondents gambled in the past year (95.4%), very few classified as "problem gamblers" (1.5%). Furthermore, the results suggest that respondent gambling behaviour more closely resembles that of the general population (Ontario adults), as opposed to the behaviour of their American cohorts; however, future study is required.

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