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Onderzoek naar de mogelijke samenhang tussen het spelen van poker en pathologisch gokgedrag

Marsman, Gerjan (2008) Onderzoek naar de mogelijke samenhang tussen het spelen van poker en pathologisch gokgedrag.

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Abstract:Background: In short notice poker has become very popular in The Netherlands. The game has been described as a social and an exciting game to play, but it also seems to be frequently played with real money. This doesn’t rule out that there could be a negative side of playing poker. But until now there has hardly been any scientific research on the game of poker. Aim: To gain insight if there is a relationship between playing poker and problematic gambling behaviour. Another aim is to gain insight in possible hazardous factors to originate problematic gambling behaviour. Method: Concerning this research an online-questionnaire has been developed. To involve different kind of poker players, respondents have been searched in different places (convenience sample). In sum 589 poker players have taken part in the research. To gain insight in possible hazardous factors to originate problematic gambling behaviour, three groups have been distinguished; the recreational poker players, the risky poker players who play no other games of chance and the risky poker players who play also other games of chance beside poker. Results: The most important conclusion of this research is that there exists a relationship between playing poker and problematic gambling behaviour. 11 per cent of the respondents appear to display, as a result of poker, risky gambling behaviour. Players of poker who show risky gambling behaviour differentiate, in comparison with recreational players of poker, in gender, nature of poker play and cognitive aspects. Risky players of poker prove to be more often man and seem to play the game more often. Differences are also found in a more frequent way of playing for money and higher amounts off money. Moreover they play the game more often on the Internet, they estimate the element of skill in playing poker is more prominent and they seem to experience more loss of control while playing poker. Finally the risky players of poker seem to have a lower level of self-efficacy and are more impulsive. Conclusion: This is the first Dutch research ever that has empirically tested the possible relationship between playing poker and problematic gambling behaviour. It shows that there exists a relationship between the two aspects. On the basis of the findings recommendations for follow-up studies, prevention are made and a profile of risky player of poker has been established.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/58904
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