College Student Gambling: Examining the Effects of Gaming Education Within a College Curriculum

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COLLEGE STUDENT GAMBLING: EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF GAMING EDUCATION WITHIN A COLLEGE CURRICULUM

A Thesis Presented by MARYANN CONRAD

Submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE September 2008 Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

© Copyright by Maryann Conrad 2008 All Rights Reserved

COLLEGE STUDENT GAMBLING: EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF GAMING EDUCATION WITHIN A COLLEGE CURRICULUM

A Thesis Presented by MARYANN CONRAD

Approved as to style and content by:

______________________________________ Chris Roberts, Chair

______________________________________ Linda J. Shea, Member

______________________________________ Jeffrey A. Fernsten, Member

_____________________________ Rodney Warnick, Department Head Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I offer my sincere appreciation and gratitude to my Chair, Dr. Chris Roberts. His inspiration for this study, solid guidance throughout the process, patience, and motivation were invaluable. I also am indebted to committee members Dr. Linda Shea, who has consistently provided me with positive encouragement, support and sound advice, and to Dr. Jeffrey Fernsten who permitted survey time in his classes as well as evaluation assistance. Many thanks are also due to Christine Hamm for her help in the survey process and to Gabe Adams for whose technical assistance I am most grateful. Thanks also to the students who gave time to participate in this study. Finally, special thanks to my husband Jeff and to my children Courtney, Kimberly and Sarah whose unwavering love, support and encouragement I deeply treasure.

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ABSTRACT COLLEGE STUDENT GAMBLING: EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF GAMING EDUCATION WITHIN A COLLEGE CURRICULUM SEPTEMBER 2008 MARYANN CONRAD, M.S. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST Directed by: Dr. Chris Roberts The research in this study examined the nature of college student gambling (N=201) and whether general gaming education can influence meaningful changes in college students’ gambling attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions. A group of college students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Casino Management class, received general gaming education while two comparison groups, one from the same university and one from Worcester State College, Massachusetts, did not. Assessment of the participants’ attitudes toward gambling, gambling fallacy perceptions, ability to calculate gambling odds, and gambling behaviors were examined before and after exposure to gaming education. Seventy five percent of the students surveyed as the baseline group reported gambling within the past 12 months, with a minority gambling weekly or more, or gambling large amounts of money. At the semester end, follow-up findings showed that the students who received the gaming education intervention demonstrated significant improvement in their ability to calculate gambling odds and resist common gambling fallacies. Unexpectedly however, this improved knowledge was not associated with any decreases in their gambling attitudes or time and money spent on gambling activities. The implication drawn from this research is that knowledge gained from a general gaming class, including gaining improvements in

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odds calculations and fallacy perceptions, may not be enough of a factor to effect significant changes in college students’ gambling attitudes and behaviors.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS............................................................................................. iv ABSTRACT...................................................................................................................... v LIST OF TABLES........................................................................................................... xi LIST OF FIGURES...
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