College Students and Gambling Tahira K. Hira, Ph.D., CFP Professor Human Development & Family Studies Iowa State University Gambling in Iowa between 10,000 & 31,000 are currently “compulsive gamblers,” 33,000 to 62,000 are “problem gamblers.” Gambling among College Students
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Tahira K. Hira, Ph.D., CFP
Human Development & Family Studies
Iowa State University
“... it was impossible to visit a campus and not find at least a handful of sophisticated operations run by students ....” (Sports Illustrated AP. 10,1995. PP 68-79)
Data were collected in Summer &
over half (52% ) of those participating in the survey indicated they gambled
According to participants in students focus groups.....
it starts casually? Average Amount Spent
It starts as fun Average Amount Spent....
“Tell them it starts as fun, and soon people can’t quit.”
Easy access to cash & credit- the allure of gambling Average Amount Spent
“when we first started going we would take $200 in cash, now that they have put ATM’s there....if you lose, you can easily get more money out to play.”
To win money 29%
Can’t afford 16%
age, money, time, transportation
A majority (70%) said their parents knew about their gambling but...
“They don’t care” 43%
“It’s fine with them” 41%
those who sought help for serious gambling problems for:
“I would say just make them aware-
that you are going to lose, it’s not even a 50-50 chance of winning..,
be aware of the consequences of it.”
Our students say........ gambling?
“In our society
what we are doing is
you don’t have to work for your money.”