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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
( METHODS, TECHNIQUES AND PROBLEMS OF RESEARCH )
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
IBANI C. PADAO
DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY
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.
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:...