Gambling motives and symptoms of problem gambling in frequent slots players


Motives for gambling were examined among patrons of slots venues who reported playing electronic gaming machines at least weekly (N5849). According to scores on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), there were 331 (39.0%) participants at low risk, 330 (38.9%) at moderate risk, and 188 (22.1%) at high risk of Pathological Gambling. Scores on the Coping and Enhancement scales of the Gambling Motives Questionnaire (GMQ) had independent effects on PGSI scores.

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