Adolescent attitudes towards gambling: Some preliminary findings

Abstract

The authors of this report, from the International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, conducted a national survey of over 2,500 adolescents, mainly between the ages of 11 and 16 years old. 66% of those surveyed play fruit machines at some point. The principle findings of the report are also summarised: 33% have played fruit machines in the last month, 10-20% are regular players – once a week, Between 3-6% are probably pathological gamblers, It is predominantly a problem amongst boys, 62% said the legal age for any form of gambling should be set at 18, The majority (68%) see gambling as a means to win money

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