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Adolescent gambling behaviour, a single latent construct and indicators of risk: findings from a national survey of New Zealand high school students

Rossen, Fiona V.; Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Fleming, Theresa M.; Sheridan, Janie and Denny, Simon J. (2016). Adolescent gambling behaviour, a single latent construct and indicators of risk: findings from a national survey of New Zealand high school students. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 6, article no. 7.

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Abstract

This study explores underlying latent construct/s of gambling behaviour, and identifies indicators of “unhealthy gambling”. Data were collected from Youth’07 a nationally representative sample of New Zealand secondary school students (N = 9107). Exploratory factor analyses, item-response theory analyses, multiple indicators-multiple causes, and differential item functioning analyses were used to assess dimensionality of gambling behaviour, underlying factors, and indicators of unhealthy gambling. A single underlying continuum of gambling behaviour was identified. Gambling frequency and ‘gambling because I can’t stop’ were most strongly associated with unhealthy gambling. Gambling to ‘feel better about myself’ and to ‘forget about things’ provided the most precise discriminants of unhealthy gambling. Multivariable analyses found that school connectedness was associated with lower levels of unhealthy gambling.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author(s)
ISSN: 2195-3007
Keywords: youth; adolescent; gambling
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 46968
Depositing User: Mathijs Lucassen
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 15:38
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 03:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46968
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