9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Additted Behaviour Building II, B2.02

Youth & Gambling in Denmark

Youth & Gambling in Denmark
Ph.D. fellow Nina Wittendorff & Ph.D. Research Manager Jens Christian Nielsen
The Danish Centre for Youth Research, Aarhus University, Denmark

In November 2008, the first scientific report on the extent of gambling among young Danes was published. The research was carried out by The Danish Centre for Youth Research in collaboration with The Danish National Centre for Social Research. The report forms a part of the 3-year project Youth & Gambling (2006-2009) by The Danish Centre for Youth Research. In this presentation, we will discuss the most significant results from the project, which comprised a qualitative research part with focus on the youths' fascination and experiences of gambling as well as a prevalence survey.
The prevalence survey concerned youths aged 12 to 17 and their gambling behaviour as measured by scope, time, stakes and types of games. In addition, the connection to other forms of risk behaviour was examined. Thus, the aim of the study was to determine the extent of gambling behaviour among Danish youths, but at the same time also to find out how their gambling behaviour correlates to general youth culture in Denmark. Furthermore, the study demonstrates the correlation between the youths' wellbeing and risk behaviour on the one hand, and their gambling habits on the other.
These topics are further put into perspective by the qualitative research part of the project, in which the experience of the game is in focus, and where the age bracket is increased to include young adults between 15 and 25. It is shown in several different ways how the youths interpret concepts like risk and addiction, and also how they explore social communities, self-identity and sense of the world by help of the games. What, for instance, does the globalization of the gambling market mean for their ways of interacting and the emergence of new social norms?
In closing, the ramifications of these findings are discussed in light of the absence of a common European approach to age requirements, accessibility and legislation that may limit the increase in adolescents with gambling problems.