Gambling behavior of student-athletes and a student cohort: what are the odds?

J Gambl Stud. 2007 Mar;23(1):13-24. doi: 10.1007/s10899-006-9043-3.


This study investigated the prevalence of gambling, gambling related NCAA violations, and disordered gambling in student-athletes (n = 736) with a comparison cohort of students (n = 1,071) at four universities. Student-athletes reported similar rates of gambling frequency, use of a bookmaker, and disordered gambling as students. After accounting for demographic differences, student-athletes were less likely to engage in sports wagering than students. Several risk factors for disordered gambling were identified, including being male and reporting at least one parent with a history of gambling problems. These findings suggest that problems associated with gambling are a university-wide issue with student-athletes meriting additional attention because of implications for the integrity of intercollegiate sports. Improved prevention and intervention efforts for collegiate gambling are recommended.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cohort Studies
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Gambling / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology*
  • Male
  • Nevada
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sports*
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities