Title

THE IMPACT OF GAMBLING PROXIMITY ON GAMBLING ATTITUDES, SUBJECTIVE NORMS, GAMBLING INTENTIONS, AND GAMBLING BEHAVIOR OF COLLEGE ATHLETES

Publication Title

Journal of Contemporary Athletics

Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Gambling Venue Proximity, Gambling Attitudes, Subjective Norms, Gambling Intentions, Gambling Behavior, Theory of Reasoned Action

Disciplines

Business | Sports Management

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the gambling behavior of college students and, in particular, college student athletes. The sample (N = 345) was recruited from Health and Sport Sciences Department classes at a Midwestern university located within a multitude of gambling opportunities. The sample included 164 varsity athletes (181 non-athletes), 199 males (146 females), and the average age of the participants was 21.1 years. Participants completed a 90-item survey during class time with the permission of the instructor. The results showed males reported significantly (p = .008) more positive attitudes towards gambling than females but did not report significantly (p = .851) different subjective norms. Student athletes reported no significant differences in attitudes (p = .451) nor subjective norms (p = .270) when compared to other students.