A Study of Superstitious Beliefs Among Bingo Players

About the Course:

This study was conducted to examine the beliefs of bingo players regarding superstition and luck and how these beliefs are related to their gambling behaviour. A self-completion questionnaire was devised and the study carried out in a large bingo hall over four nights. Significant relationships were found in many areas.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

March 2005, Issue 13

Authors

Carolyn Bingham; Mark D. Griffiths, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Carolyn Bingham is a psychologist and a former research student of Professor Mark Griffiths.

Mark Griffiths, Ph.D., is professor of gambling studies at the Nottingham Trent University. He is internationally known for his work into gambling and gaming addictions. He was the first recipient of the John Rosecrance Research Prize for “Outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of gambling research” in 1994, winner of the 1998 CELEJ Prize for best paper on gambling, and 2003 winner of the “International Excellence Award” for “outstanding contributions to the prevention of problem gambling and the practice of responsible gambling.” He has published over 130 refereed research papers, two books, numerous book chapters, and over 350 other articles.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about superstitious beliefs among bingo players. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define the concepts of luck and chance and discuss the rationale for studying superstitious beliefs of bingo players.

  2. Explain the methodology of the reported study, including participants, measures, variables, and procedures.

  3. Describe study results, including differences in superstitious beliefs related to gender, age, and heavy bingo playing.

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