A survey of pharmacy students' experiences with gambling

Gary N. Elsasser, Michael G. Kavan, Gary H. Westerman, Christopher J. Destache, Emily Sexson, Paul D. Turner

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Objectives. To assess gambling among pharmacy students using the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). Methods. Six hundred fifty-eight pharmacy students enrolled at Creighton University were surveyed to determine the extent and characteristics of their gambling. Results. Four hundred eighty-eight students (74.2%) participated (mean age was 26.6 years and 63.4% were female). Almost two-thirds (63.1%) gambled at least once during the past 12 months. Slightly more than 16% (80) of students were identified as "at-risk" (SOGS scores of 1 to 2). Another 5% (24) were likely to be problem gamblers (SOGS scores of 3 to 4), while 1% of students were identified as probable pathological gamblers (SOGS scores ≥ 5). Students who gambled were significantly more likely than non-gamblers to be single males. Gamblers with a score ≥ 1were significantly more likely to report gambling had affected their relationships with others, compared to casual gamblers. Conclusions. Gambling is a common activity among pharmacy students. While the incidence of problem gambling is relatively small, the percentage of our students who may be at-risk for gambling-related problems is noteworthy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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