Title

Problem gambling within the non-Indigenous population of the Northern Territory of Australia: a multivariate analysis of risk factors

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Young, M, Stevens, M & Morris, M 2008, 'Problem gambling within the non-Indigenous population of the Northern Territory of Australia: a multivariate analysis of risk factors', International Gambling Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 77-93.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459790701870571

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper estimates, through the use of a telephone survey and the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling among the non-indigenous population of the Northern Territory, Australia. Multivariate predictive models of regular and problem gambling group membership were constructed using socio-demographic and gambling mode variables. Of the socio-demographic variables, household type (particularly being single or living in a group household) was a predictor for both gambler types. In addition, male gender and formal education below tertiary level were associated with regular gambling. Gambling mode proved to be of greater explanatory power for both groups. In particular, electronic gaming machines (EGMs) were strongly associated with problem gambling. While these results provide a necessary knowledge base, the gaps they highlight are as valuable as the empirical results they provide. Any comprehensive understanding of risk factors in demographically distinctive jurisdictions such as the Northern Territory requires a broader approach; one that meaningfully extends beyond the non-indigenous population.