College Student Beliefs About Wagering: An Evaluation of the Adolescent Gambling Expectancies Survey

Meredith K. Ginley, James P. Whelan, George E. Relyea, Jessica L. Simmons, Andrew W. Meyers, Godfrey D. Pearlson

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    Abstract

    Expectancy theory posits that decisions to engage in a given behavior are closely tied to expectations of the outcome of that behavior. Gambling outcome expectancies have predicted adolescent gambling and gambling problems. When high school students’ outcome expectancies were measured by Wickwire et al. (Psychol Addict Behav 24(1):75–88 2010), the Adolescent Gambling Expectancy Survey (AGES) revealed five categories of expectancies that were each predictive of gambling frequency and pathology. The present study aimed to explore if the AGES could be successfully replicated with college students. When administered to a diverse college student population, factor analyses identified five factors similar to those found in the high school sample. Several factors of the AGES were also found to predict gambling frequency and gambling problems for college students. Gambling frequency and gambling activity preference were also addressed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)161-171
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

    Keywords

    • Adolescent Gambling Expectancies Survey (AGES)
    • College student gambling
    • Outcome expectancies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Psychology(all)

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