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Title: A psychological investigation of the effects of the UK National Lottery and scratchcards on adolescents
Author: Wood, Richard T. A.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis was an exploratory social psychological study of adolescent gambling on the UK National Lottery and scratchcards. The research used a number of methods to examine both quantitative and qualitative aspects of gambling on these activities utilising a survey, Q-sorts and a series of group interviews. Findings highlight the social dimensions associated with the acquisition, development and maintenance of adolescent gambling behaviour in accordance with social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986). The findings also demonstrate how attitudes are linked to actual gambling behaviour as predicted hy the theory of planned behaviour (Ajzen, 1988). The research identified different patterns of adolescent gambling on the National Lottery and scratchcards and these are summarised in a typology. Finally, the implications of the findings are discussed for the development of effective education and prevention programs, and the treatment of adolescent problem gamblers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Gambling; Coping strategies; Social learning theory; Attitudes