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A Qualitative Study of Behaviors and the Attitudes of Youths towards Gambling and the Casinos

PI: Assoc Prof Joyce Pang Shu Min

The aim of this project is to understand the attitudes of young Singaporeans (aged 18-35) towards the integrated resorts (IRs) and casinos. Specifically, whether the IRs and casinos has affected the image of casino and non-casino gambling for our target sample, and whether the IRs are viable recreational outlets even without considering the casino element. The project team has conducted a series of focus group interviews to examine how common perceptions of the casino gambling environment come about, the perceptions of young recreational gamblers towards the phenomenon of problem gambling, their perceptions of "safe gambling" standards, how the media contribute to attitudes and provide norms and models for gambling behavior and/or casino patronage, how the peer and family environment contribute to attitudes and provide norms and models for gambling behavior and/or casino patronage.

A final report has been submitted to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).


   Assoc Prof Joyce Pang Shu Min

Award/Grant:
Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

Date of Award: March 2013

List of Collaborators:
Assoc Prof Joyce Pang Shu Ming (PI)
Dr Douglas Matthews (Co-PI)

More on the project here: http://portal.hss.ntu.edu.sg/joycepang/projectIR.html