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An examination of the role of personality and self-regulation in the gambling behaviours of late adolescents and emerging adults

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dc.contributor.author Twigger, Kate
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-17T17:55:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-17T17:55:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3378
dc.description.abstract The purposes of this study were: a) to examine the role of personality and selfregulation in the gambling behaviour participation of late adolescents and emerging adults. In particular, the present study examined i f certain personality traits were more prevalent in high-risk gamblers than in young people considered low or at-risk gamblers; and, b) to examine i f the ability to self-regulate helped distinguish differences among the three groups of gamblers (low-risk, at-risk, and high-risk gamblers). A sample of late adolescents and emerging adults (N = 100) attending Brock University, completed a survey that assessed current gambling behaviour (both frequency and consequence experience), personality, self-esteem, and self-regulation. It was found that high-risk gamblers had lower scores on the personality dimensions Emotionality, Conscientiousness (especially on its Prudence facet), and Honesty-Humility (especially on its Fairness, Greed Avoidance, and Modesty facets) than at-risk or low-risk gamblers and higher scores on impulsive sensation seeking and impulsivity than at-risk or low-risk gamblers. Similarly, high-risk gamblers reported lower levels of self-regulation than both at-risk and low-risk gamblers. The findings from this study support past research which suggests that young people who gamble at problematic levels differ on many personality traits and often have more difficulty self-regulating than young people who do not participate at problematic levels. Findings may aid in the development of intervention and prevention programs that utilize specific self-regulation techniques with a young gambling population. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Compulsive gambling -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Self-control en_US
dc.subject Teenage gamblers -- Psychology. en_US
dc.title An examination of the role of personality and self-regulation in the gambling behaviours of late adolescents and emerging adults en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Child and Youth Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department ofChild and Youth Studies en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Social Sciences en_US


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