Gender Differences in Gambling Behaviour in Singapore


Gambling is a popular recreational activity in many countries. In 2017, a study found that 52% of Singaporeans have gambled at least once within the year. The aim of this study is to examine the state of gambling activity in the country further. In total, 684 respondents were recruited from the public at busy subway stations in the country. The sample was relatively balanced between the genders, with 335 respondents (49.0%) of female gender. The survey found that 428 respondents (62.6%) had gambled in the past 12 months. There was no statistical difference across the genders with 64.5% of male respondents having gambled in the past 12 months compared to 60.6% of female respondents, ² (1, n = 684) = 1.10, p = .30. A larger proportion of male respondents participated in sports betting (30.7%) when compared to female respondents (6.9%). In addition, male gamblers were more likely to spend more on gambling (Md = 2.17, n = 349) when compared to female gamblers (Md = 1.70, n = 335; U = 48563, p < .01). This suggests that there has been an increase in gambling activity over the years with male gamblers more likely to participate in sports gambling and spending more money on gambling.

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Ho Keat Leng, University of Georgia, United States

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: Community Development

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