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NCJ Number: 126309 Find in a Library
Title: Section 4: Research on Gamblers and Gambling -- Persistence at Gambling: What's the Big Attraction? (From Gambling in Canada: Golden Goose or Trojan Horse?, P 255-257, 1989, Colin S. Campbell and John Lowman, eds. -- See NCJ-126295)
Author(s): J Rosecrance
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Simon Fraser University
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6, Canada
Sale Source: Simon Fraser University
Dept of Criminology
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: These observations of compulsive gambling, obtained through personal experience as well as objective studies, maintain that most regular gamblers continue playing, not because of addiction or money, but for the social rewards of regular participation in an activity.
Abstract: Regular gamblers seek social contact which is afforded them through attendance at gambling events and membership in a distinct social world; all members share a similar mindset and language. Gamblers focus their interaction upon their common activity and, although these relationships are exclusive of other interests, they become extremely important to the participants. These interactions have the benefit of not requiring commitments or intimate involvement; however, they cannot be sustained without participation in the actual gambling activity.
Main Term(s): Compulsive gamblers; Group dynamics
Index Term(s): Socialization
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