Title

Acculturation and help-seeking behaviour of Asian-Canadian gamblers and problem gamblers

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The current study used an internet-based survey to examine the effect of bidirectional acculturation, gambling severity, and demographic factors on the attitudes toward seeking professional and informal help for problem gambling in 170 Asian-Canadian adults. Results from hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated that gambling severity was a negative predictor of attitudes towards seeking professional and informal help for problem gambling. Being female and being more proficient in English positively predicted attitudes toward seeking professional help for gambling problems. The level of identification with Canadian culture was significantly correlated with help-seeking attitudes, but was not a significant predictor in the regression models for attitudes toward professional and informal help-seeking. The level of identification to Asian culture was not found to be related to attitudes towards help-seeking in the present sample. Some findings in the current study are inconsistent with previous research, and indicate that future investigations are needed in this area.