Young People and Gambling 2023
- Executive summary
- Young people’s active involvement in gambling
- Experience of gambling
- The Impact of gambling on young people
- Online gambling
- National Lottery play
- Games and gaming machines
- The Context for gambling participation
- Attitudes towards and exposure to gambling
- List of gambling activities and definitions
How gambling impacts on relations with friends and family
Young people who had spent their own money on gambling in the last 12 months were asked how gambling had impacted on their relationship with their friends and family. Throughout this section a combination figure for ‘sometimes’, ‘often’, or ‘all of the time’ has been used to the report the impact that gambling can have, unless specified otherwise.
Just over one in ten young people (10 percent) said that their own gambling had led them to talk to their parents about how they felt at least sometimes. Five percent of all young people said it had happened all of the time
Just over one in twenty (6 percent) 11 to 17 year olds who were actively involved with gambling in the last 12 months stated that gambling had made them uncomfortable around their friends, such as feeling embarrassed or feeling friends would not approve, at least sometimes. Just 2 percent felt uncomfortable all the time.
Figure 5: The impact that young people’s gambling has on family and friends
Figure 5 information
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Base: All 11 to 17 year olds answering who have spent their own money gambling in the last 12 months 'Talk to your parents about how you feel' (817). 'Not feel comfortable around your friends' (813).
|The impact that young people’s gambling has on family and friends
|Percentage who never
|Percentage who rarely
|Percentage who sometimes
|Percentage who often
|Percentage who all the time
|Percentage who don't know
|Not feel comfortable around friends (such as feeling embarrassed, or feeling friends would not approve)
|Talk to your parents about how you feel
Those young people defined as ‘at risk’ by the youth adapted problem gambling screen Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition - Multiple Response Juvenile (DSM-IV-MR-J) were significantly more likely than all responders and those deemed to be ‘non-problem’ gamblers to talk to their parents about how they feel. However, due to a low sample size for these groups this is indicative only.
There were no other significant differences by age, gender and ethnicity.
Those young people defined as ‘at risk’ were significantly more likely than all responders and those deemed to be ‘non-problem’ gamblers to say that gambling had made them uncomfortable around their friends (22.6 percent compared to 4.2 percent of ‘non problem’ gamblers). The latter group were significantly more likely to say that gambling never made them feel uncomfortable around their friends. However, again due to small base sizes findings for those ‘at risk’ are indicative only.
Further, those aged 13 years old were more likely than all respondents to say that gambling made them uncomfortable around their friends (10 percent compared to 6 percent).Previous section
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How gambling makes young people feel
Last updated: 16 November 2023
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