Gambling Prevalence Among Students of the University of the Philippines - Diliman

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UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – DILIMAN

GAMBLING PREVALENCE AMONG STUDENTS

OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES - DILIMAN

A THESIS SUBMITTED TO

DR. MELITON B. JUANICO

IN FULFILLMENT OF THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS OF

GEOGRAPHY 199

( METHODS, TECHNIQUES AND PROBLEMS OF RESEARCH )

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

BY

IBANI C. PADAO

DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY

OCTOBER 2010

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CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION

This introductory chapter discusses the following components of the study:

background of the study, research approach, research problem, objectives of the study,

theoretical framework, assumptions, significance of the study, scope and delimitation,

and definition of terms.

Background of the Study

Gambling is a widespread activity in Philippine society. It is more socially

accepted at present than in the past. In the past years, several commercial and legal

gambling activities had already been made open to the public. These include casinos,

poker clubs and state-sponsored lotteries. There are also increases in online gambling and

betting sites in which several people can have access to them very easily through the

Internet. However, higher percentages of cases of people having pathological and

problem gambling disorders have also been recorded. In studies done in America and

Canada by the American Psychological Association (1998), gambling problems are more

prevalent in the younger population with five to eight percent of the young population

experiencing problems compared to the one to three percent of the adult population.

Though most students gamble for social and recreational activity, if done on a regular

basis, it would lead to pathological and problematic gambling. This will then lead to a

student‟s ruined academic status and his/her lose of sense of responsibility.

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Pathological gambling is a disorder which can harm a person in many ways.

Gaudia (1987) states that the effects of gambling can be subdivided into four categories:...

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