Disordered gambling among college students: a meta-analytic synthesis

J Gambl Stud. 2007 Jun;23(2):175-83. doi: 10.1007/s10899-006-9036-2.


The purpose of this study was to use a meta-analytic procedure to synthesize the rates of disordered gambling for college students that have been reported in the research literature. In order to identify all possible studies that met stringent inclusion criteria, Medline, PsychINFO, and SocioIndex databases were searched with the terms "gambling," and "college student". This process resulted in 15 studies concerning gambling among college students that were published through July 2005. To synthesize the 15 studies, a random effects model for meta-analysis was applied. The estimated proportion of disordered gamblers among college students was 7.89%. This estimate is noteworthy because it is higher than that reported for adolescents, college students or adults in a previous study using meta-analytic procedures with studies conducted prior to 1997.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior, Addictive / diagnosis*
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology*
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology
  • Female
  • Gambling* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prevalence
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Social Environment
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*