Problem Gambling Risk Among Older Francophones in Ontario Canada: Surprising Results that Contradict Previous Findings of Gambling in Minority Groups

AbstractGambling is a popular activity among older adults. Despite this increase in popularity little research has examined gambling among this group. This is especially true for minority older adults, like Francophones in Ontario. The purpose of this study was to better understand gambling in a sample of older Francophones from North-Eastern Ontario, the first study to do so. A sample of 181 older (over 55  years) Francophones from Northeastern Ontario (M age = 68.7, SD 7.6) was recruited. This sample was compared to a sample of older adults with English as their native language that had been previously collected (Norris and Tindale in The meaning of gambling among Ontario seniors in small and ru ral communities, Final report to the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre,2006; Tindale and Norris in Gambling among intergenerational and multi-ethnic families, Final report to the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre,2012). In addition to demographic measures the participants filled out a questionnaire that included measures of gambling behaviours and attitudes the Windsor Screen, The Problem Gambling Severity Index of the Canadian Problem Gambling Inventory, The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and the CAGE Alcohol Screen. Contrary to expectations, the Francophone sample had lower scores on the problem gambling measures with a smaller proportion of the sample in the categories indicating a high risk for problem gambling. This surprising...
Source: Journal of Gambling Studies - Category: Addiction Source Type: research

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