British survey of children, the National Lottery and gambling 2008-09: Report of a quantitative survey

Abstract

Reports the results of a quantitative survey of nearly 9000 children aged between 12 and 15 in England and Wales, examining experiences of, and attitutes towards,gambling on a range of games. Repeats earlier surveys from 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2005-6. Finds that the proportion of children buying National Lottery tickets and scratchcards has falled significantly to 2% and 4%, respectively. Rates of gambling on other commercial and non-commercial forms, as well as levels of problem gambling, have also fallen over time. Other topics covered are deterrents to buying Lottery tickets and scratchcards, where these are bought, awareness of advertising and legal limits, perception of parents' views, and participation in free online games. Describes characteristics of young gamblers. Concludes with possible reasons for the fall in participation and problem gambling. Recommends continued vigilance in monitoring gambling advertisements to limit their potential appeal to children, and argues that educational campaigns may be of value.

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