Understanding adolescents’ attitudes toward gambling with the new theory of reasoned action (TRA) measure in Macau

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Abstract

The Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) was used as a conceptual framework for testing the construct validity of a measure of adolescents’ attitudes about gambling. The measure was then used to test whether adolescents’ perceived family and peer norms were associated with their own attitudes and behaviors related to gambling. Adolescents (N = 743) aged from 14 to 21 years (M = 15.62, SD = 1.87) from nine secondary schools in Macau were invited to participate in the study. Factor analysis indicated that attitudes toward gambling were represented by the factors of personal experiences, affection, and persuasion. Both parents’ and peers’ subjective norms have direct effects on adolescents’ attitudes toward gambling. Suggestions are made for service providers, researchers and educators for understanding gambling attitudes among teenagers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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gambling
adolescent
persuasion
construct validity
sympathy
service provider
factor analysis
secondary school
parents
educator
experience

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Leung, C. H. (2015, May). Understanding adolescents’ attitudes toward gambling with the new theory of reasoned action (TRA) measure in Macau. Paper presented at The 17th Annual International Conference on Education, Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece.