Gambling involvement, type of gambling and grade point average among 18-29-year-old Finnish men and women

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Latvala , T , Alho , H , Raisamo , S & Salonen , A H 2019 , ' Gambling involvement, type of gambling and grade point average among 18-29-year-old Finnish men and women ' , Nordisk Alkohol- och Narkotikatidskrift , vol. 36 , no. 2 , pp. 190-202 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1455072518800189

Title: Gambling involvement, type of gambling and grade point average among 18-29-year-old Finnish men and women
Author: Latvala, Tiina; Alho, Hannu; Raisamo, Susanna; Salonen, Anne H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2019-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Nordisk Alkohol- och Narkotikatidskrift
ISSN: 1455-0725
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301511
Abstract: Aims: This study explores the associations between gambling involvement, type of gambling, at-risk and problem gambling (ARPG) and register-based grade point average (GPA), among Finnish people aged 18-29 years (N = 676). It is assumed that high gambling involvement and engaging in certain types of gambling are linked to ARPG, and that low school achievement is positively associated with these measures. Methods: A nationwide cross-sectional random sample was collected in 2015. The data were weighted based on gender, age and region. Analyses were carried out using logistic regression models. Results: Frequent gambling, playing several game types, online gambling and ARPG were more common among men than women. Those with low GPA played fast and low-paced daily lottery games and used online casinos significantly more often than men and women with average/high GPA. Men with a low GPA were also more likely to gamble on a weekly basis and played casino games and online poker more often. For women with a low GPA online gambling and playing slot machines were more common than for women with an average/high GPA. When controlling for sociodemographic variables and gambling involvement, men's participation in daily lottery games and online poker was significantly associated with a low GPA, but among women none of the game types remained statistically significant. Among women, playing several different game types was linked with a low GPA. Conclusions: It seems that poorer school achievement is associated not only with frequent gambling, a large number of game types played and online gambling, but also, to some extent at least, with game type preferences.
Subject: gambling
game type
gender
grade point average (GPA)
register data
school achievement
PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLERS
GENDER
ONLINE
ACHIEVEMENT
ASSOCIATION
FINLAND
HEALTH
LEVEL
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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