Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

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Psychology, Behavioral.




The purpose of the current study was to examine the relation between culturally-derived values and beliefs and risk for problem gambling. In Study 1, 331 participants completed web-based versions of the Individualism-Collectivism Scale, Social Axioms Survey (SAS), the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MC-SDS). In Study 2, 90 participants completed these measures. Results were mixed with regard to the relation between Horizontal/Vertical Individualistic/Collectivistic values and risk for problem gambling as measured by the PGSI. However, it was found in both studies that risk for problem gambling was positively correlated with beliefs in Fate Control and Social Cynicism. Reward for Application, Religiosity and Social Complexity were not found to be related to risk for problem gambling. Stepwise regression of the Study 1 data indicated that the beliefs of Fate Control and Reward for Application were the only significant predictors of risk for problem gambling, explaining 22% of the variance. Study 2 stepwise regression results indicated that Fate Control was the only significant predictor of risk for problem gambling, explaining 58.6% of the variance. Implications of the current research and suggestions for further study are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .H63. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-07, Section: B, page: 4092. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.