Accumulating research suggests that gambling can negatively affect core domains of development, particularly among adolescents. The present study sought to explore the relationship between gambling behavior, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem in a sample of 324 Greek adolescents (x=13.9). Measures of constructs included the South Oaks Gambling Screen-Revised for Adolescents (SOGS-RA) (Winters, Stinchfield, & Fulkerson, 1993), the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) (Petridis, 2009), and Rosenberg's (1965) Self-Esteem Scale. In total, 124 adolescents (38%) reported gambling at least once a month (N=94 males, N=30 females).Within gamblers, a positive correlation between emotional intelligence and self-esteem was observed (r= .65, p< .000); the strength of the relationship was higher in female gamblers (r= .77, p< .000) than in male gamblers (r= .62, p< .000). Furthermore, 66 adolescents (20.4% of the total population) reported gambling on a weekly basis (N=56 males, N=10 females). The correlation between emotional intelligence and self-esteem did not vary significantly as a function of time among boys; emotional intelligence and self-esteem were moderately correlated (r= .60, p< .000).independent of whether they gambled or not. In female gamblers, however, the correlation between emotional intelligence and self-esteem was r=.85 (p< .005), as opposed to those girls who did not gamble (r= .69, p< .000). Increasing gambling behavior in adolescence highlights the need for further research on the precise nature and psychosocial causes of the relationship between frequency of gambling behavior, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem, especially in girls.
Evanthia Ganetsou, The American College of Greece, Greece
Nefeli Ladaki, The American College of Greece, Greece
Nastassja Brennan Devine, The American College of Greece, Greece
Stream: General Psychology
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