Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1087

Date

2014

Date of Award

4-23-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

James P Whelan

Committee Member

Andrew W Meyers

Committee Member

Lynda M Sagrestano

Abstract

Most high school adolescents have reported past year gambling and are significantly more likely to gamble and to gamble problematically than females. Ethnic minority adolescents appear to be gambling at a higher rate than Caucasian adolescents. Research has indicated that adolescent gambling outcome expectancies are correlated with gambling behavior, with limited evidence that this relation differs by gender. The present study investigated gender as a moderator in the relation between gambling outcome expectancies and gambling behaviors in an African American high school sample. Males gambled more frequently, gambled more problematically, and held more positive gambling outcome expectancies than females. Gender was found to moderate the relation between the expectations of material gain, affect, self-evaluation, and parental approval and gambling frequency, as well as between the expectations of affect and self-evaluation and gambling problems. These findings should inform future adolescent gambling intervention programs.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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