Doing it for the money: The relationship between gambling and money attitudes among college students

Ty W. Lostutter, Matthew Enkema, Frank Schwebel, Jessica M. Cronce, Lisa A. Garberson, Bobby Ou, Melissa A. Lewis, Mary E. Larimer

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Today’s college students have grown up with legalized gambling and access to a variety of gambling venues. Compared to the general adult population, rates of disordered gambling among college students are nearly double. Previous research suggests that the desire to win money is a s0074rong motivator to gamble (Neighbors et al. in J Gambl Stud 18:361–370, 2002a); however, there is a dearth of literature on attitudes towards money in relation to gambling behavior. The current study evaluated the association between the four subscales of the Money Attitude Scale (Yamauchi and Templer in J Pers Assess 46:522–528, 1982) and four gambling outcomes (frequency, quantity, consequences and problem severity) in a sample of college students (ages 18–25; N = 2534) using hurdle negative binomial regression model analyses. Results suggest that college students who hold high Power–Prestige or Anxiety attitudes toward money were more likely to gamble and experience greater consequences related to their gambling. Distrust attitudes were negatively associated with gambling behaviors. Retention-Time attitudes were not significantly associated with gambling behaviors and may not be directly relevant to college students, given their often limited fiscal circumstances. These findings suggest that money attitudes may be potential targets for prevention programs in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of gambling studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Attitudes
  • College students
  • Gambling
  • Money


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