The prevalence of underage gambling: A research study among 11-15 year olds on behalf of the Gambling Commission, Technical Report

Abstract

The Commission has today published initial findings of the 2015 survey of gambling participation and problem gambling amongst 11-15 year olds. The data is based on a survey conducted in schools by Ipsos MORI of 2,275 11-15 year olds. The survey found that overall 17% of children aged 11-15 had gambled in the past seven days. This is consistent with the rates observed since 2012. The most popular forms of gambling were fruit machines and a private bet with friends (both 6%) and playing cards with friends (5%). Rates of 11-15 year olds visiting betting shops to play gaming machines in the past 7 days have remained low (1%) similarly, one per cent personally visited a casino in the same time period. Participation in the National Lottery Lotto draw increased from 2% in 2014 to 4% in 2015, having been in decline amongst this age group since 2012. Rates of play of other National Lottery games (scratchcards, Thunderball and Euromillions) have remained consistent with previous years. The majority of children (82%) were accompanied by a parent or guardian when purchasing National Lottery products and in the majority of cases (72%) parents / guardians hand the money over at the till.The survey also captured data on rates of problem and at-risk gambling behaviour through the internationally recognised DSM-IV-MR-J screen. The results show that rates of problem and at-risk gambling are consistent with the results from 2014 with 0.6% of 11-15 year olds being classified as problem gamblers (0.7% 2014) and 1.2% being classified as at-risk gamblers (1.2% 2014). This release of initial results will be followed by a full report later in 2015 which will contain more in-depth information about young people’s participation in gambling and attitudes towards gambling.

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