Is Online Gaming a Risk Factor for Problem Gambling? An Exploratory Study in a Sample of University Undergraduates


Investigators Dr. Jason Edgerton, University of Manitoba
Dr. Lance Roberts, University of Manitoba
Research Priority Explore what risk and protective factors (individual, social, environmental) influence the movement back and forth between no risk and problem gambling risk levels.
Funding Small Grant  ($49,897)
Project Status Completed


Project Summary

A survey of undergraduate university students will be conducted to address the following research questions: Are online gamers more likely than non-gamers to gamble (land-based and/or internet-based), and are they more at risk for developing gambling problems? The intention is to assess: (a) the prevalence of problem gambling and particular patterns of gambling activity among university students, and the relation to a number of risk and protective factors, (b) the distribution of various online gaming activities and the prevalence of potentially problematic online gaming among university students, as well as the potential risks and benefits to well-being; and (c) possible links between online gaming behavior and gambling behavior in university students, including common etiological associations (mental health and substance abuse comorbidities, motivations, coping, etc.), and whether there is an association between online gaming activity and risk of problem gambling. 


Sanscartier, M.D., Edgerton, J. & Roberts, L.W. (2024). A Latent Class Analysis
          of Gambling Activity Patterns in a Canadian University Sample of
          Emerging Adults: Socio-demographic, Motivational, and Mental Health
          Correlates. Journal of Gambling Studies, 34(3), 863-880. 
          doi: 10.1007/s10899-017-9734-y

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