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Differences between gamblers and non-gamblers on sports betting websites

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posted on 23.11.2021, 09:55 authored by Ho Keat Leng, Yi Xian Philip Phua, Do Young PyunDo Young Pyun, Hyungil Harry Kwon, Yen‑Chun Lin
Online sports gambling is a popular recreational activity. Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as the theoretical foundation, the aim of this study was to examine for differences between gamblers and non-gamblers in terms of their attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control towards online sports gambling. 173 male students from a tertiary educational institution were recruited for this study of which 56 respondents (32%) were gamblers. A series of regression analysis revealed differences between gamblers and non-gamblers. While subjective norms and perceived behavioural control were significant predictors of gambling intentions for the gamblers group, only attitude was a significant predictor for the non-gamblers group. Further analysis showed that subjective norms had a larger effect on the gamblers group in comparison to the non-gamblers group. Physiological data from an eye tracker provided further empirical evidence that there were differences between gamblers and non-gamblers. Gamblers, perhaps because they are more familiar with gambling websites, take less time to process information. The findings from this study suggests that there are differences between gamblers and non-gamblers. To prevent problem gambling, there is a need to develop different communication messages for gamblers and non-gamblers.

Funding

National Institute of Education (RI 7/17 LHK)

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Gambling Studies

Volume

38

Issue

3

Pages

753-766

Publisher

Springer

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature

Publisher statement

This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-021-10065-8

Acceptance date

02/08/2021

Publication date

2021-08-12

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1050-5350

eISSN

1573-3602

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Doyoung Pyun. Deposit date: 22 November 2021

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