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Seniors and Casino Gambling: Experiences of Play and Managing Risk

  • Seniors and Casino Gambling

  • Author / Creator
    Petruik, Courtney R
  • This study explored how seniors experience casino gambling and how they manage risks associated with casino play. The research focused on the patterns of seniors’ casino gambling, the purposes given for play, how seniors perceive and manage risk associated with casino gambling, and whether any of the above varied by gender. The study sample consisted of ten senior casino gamblers who resided in assisted living communities in Edmonton, Alberta, and one casino employee. I interviewed the 11 participants face-to-face. This study also included observations of senior casino gamblers whom I did not interview. The purpose of the research was to develop understanding about how seniors manage casino gambling risk and to generate questions for future research in this area. I used the theory of Successful Aging (Rowe & Kahn, 1997) to explicate the findings.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ND8X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kent, Stephen (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Hartnagel, Timothy (Sociology)
    • Smith, Garry J (Faculty of Extension)