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Student problem gambling – the role of motivation, cognitive distortions and self-control


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Petrić, Sanja. (2016). Student problem gambling – the role of motivation, cognitive distortions and self-control. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Huić, Aleksandra].

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This study aimed to examine some characteristics of problem gambling in students. Gambling has become a modern addiction and is spreading more than ever. The aim of this research was to examine the connection between specific gambling motivation, cognitive distortions (illusion of control and superstition and incorrect understanding of chances and probability) and self-control and student problem gambling. The data was collected on a sample of 368 students (Mage=22.09), 106 women and 262 men. Students filled out a socio-demographicquestionnaire, a measure of risky gambling behaviour (CAGI), motivation toward gambling scale, cognitive distortions scale and self-control scale. The results show that 25% of the participants are problem gamblers, 28.2% are at risk of becoming problem gamblers and 46.7% have no problem with gambling. The most common gambling activity is sports betting. Hierarchical regression model showed that risky gamblers have higher intrinsic, extrinsic and amotivation toward gambling, higher superstition and incorrect understanding of chances and probability and less self-control. Illusion of controle was not a significant predictor. Findings show that there is a significant amount of problem gamblers in student population and can help us with future research and in making prevention programs.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: gambling, motivation, cognitive distortions, self-control, students
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Huić, Aleksandra
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 11:17
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 11:17

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