There are more gambling opportunities available than ever before, and older adults often engage in risky gambling behaviors as a remedy for age-related stressors and financial hardships. Despite this, there is still a scarcity of education in social work schools on the problem of compulsive gambling in older adulthood. This study assessed the knowledge and attitudes of MSW students in an older adult concentration regarding pathological gambling among older adults. Forty two MSW students from the CSULB Department of Social Work were surveyed using researcher-developed instrumentation. Results reflected uncertainty in both knowledge and attitudes about problem gambling in older adults. Furthermore, the majority of MSW students had no experience working with older adults with problematic gambling behaviors and reported that they had very little knowledge about this social problem. These findings clearly illustrate the need for further research and the infusion of gambling education in schools and departments of social work.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work, Public policy, Higher education|
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