University students gambling: Examining the effects of betting on Kenyan university students’ behavior

Abstract

In the last several years, the discovery of sports betting networks in Kenya has become a nationwide concern. Gambling can be described as betting money or some form of property on the outcome of a game or event that is ultimately based on chance. Betting has become a way of life in Kenya but there is a high rate of gambling amongst university students. Tertiary students have been identified as an at risk group because many students have increased freedom at this age and are frequent internet users and fall into the age group (18-24 years) where problem gambling peaks. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of betting on Kenyan university students’ behavior. The main objectives of this study were to investigate the prevalence of betting among Kenyan university students, the motivation of betting and the influence of gambling on the students’ behavior. Survey method was used and a questionnaire was used to collect data from a sample of 100 university students drawn from the university. The findings show that the prevalence of betting is high in that majority of the students indicated that they do bet, the motivation of betting was mainly money and enjoyment and that betting has an influence on student’s behavior. Based on these findings, this paper recommends incorporating education on gambling in university programs and that clear policy decisions on gambling should be put in place. Also there is need for gambling educational programs and awareness seminars in Kenyan universities.

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