Shame, Guilt, Coping Styles and Youth 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 Investigate how economic, cultural/social, or jurisdictional factors influence gambling behaviour and what the implication may be for preventing and/or reducing gambling-related harm.
Funding Small Grant  ($49,957)
Project Status Completed


Project Summary

The proposed research will investigate how a central feature of social life influences gambling behavior, with implications for preventing/reducing harm, and explore important factors related to an individual’s motivation to seek and commit to change. These priorities are addressed through an exploration of shame and guilt and problem gambling, including connections to coping strategies. Despite the central role of shame and guilt in human affairs, very little research exists on the emotional consequences of gambling conduct, particularly in the Canadian context. Our study will add to the knowledge base by (i) studying the place and importance of shame and guilt in gambling behaviour among Canadian youth, (ii) clarifying hypothesized connections between the shame and guilt experience and various coping styles, and (iii) refining and validating a scale for measuring coping that is specific to the gambling context.

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