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International student gambling:
The role of acculturation, gambling cognitions and social circumstances

Project Stats

Data collection methods:
Survey and focus groups

Total participants:
1576
Data collection dates:
2009-2010

Report released:
June 2011

This research project examined well-being and gambling among international and domestic university students. Survey and focus group data was collected in 2009 and 2010 across three universities - Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University in Victoria, and Bond University in Queensland. Over 1500 students responded to the survey, 826 domestic students and 750 internationals. We also conducted focus groups so we could talk to young people across range of ethnic groups about their gambling.

Our findings indicated that about 5 percent of students (both domestic and international) were problem gamblers, a higher rate than among the general adult population We examined the relationships between acculturation stresses for international students, and the regular stresses of attending university and moving from adolescence to adulthood, and showed how these stresses can sometimes relate to excessive gambling. An important finding was that some young people hold erroneous beliefs about luck and their ability or likelihood of winning at gambling. Holding such views is associated with a greater chance of becoming a problem gambler.

Researchers involved in this project include:

  • Professor Susan Moore (Chief Investigator - Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Dr Anna Thomas (Project Manager - Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Professor Mike Kyrios (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Associate Professor Petra Staiger (Deakin University)
  • Professor Joseph Graffam (Deakin University)
  • Professor Sudhir Kale (Bond University
  • Associate Prof. Natalina Zlatevska (Bond University)
  • Professor Mark Spence (Bond University)
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