Sports betting has proved to be one of the most practiced ways of gambling by adolescents, with an increasing incidence and subsequent risk for the development of Pathological Gambling Disorder. The broad objective was to characterize the involvement in sports betting in Portuguese adolescents and to analyze the role of different individual variables (gender, erroneous beliefs and impulsivity) and contextual variables (family and peer group). The sample included adolescents from the tenth year of schooling (n = 224), from eleven schools in the metropolitan area of Porto (Maia, Gondomar and Porto). The results point to a greater involvement of male participants in sports betting. The results indicate a greater involvement of male participants in sports betting. Family and peer involvement in sports betting also has implications for sports betting behavior in adolescents. It was found that when participants are involved in sports betting, they tend to also be involved in other types of gambling and, that when participants are involved in sports betting they have higher levels of erroneous beliefs, as opposed to impulsiveness. These results highlight the need to invest in future research, and to integrate literacy promotion programs, with families, and prevention programs with adolescents.
|Date of Award||15 Jul 2022|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Pedro Dias (Supervisor)|
- Sports betting
- Erroneous beliefs
- Pathological gambling disorder