Date of Award
Master of Science
James P Whelan
Andrew W Meyers
Lynda M Sagrestano
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Simmons, Jessica L., "Gambling Outcome Expectancies and Gambling Behavior among African American Adolescents: Gender as a Moderating Variable" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 922.