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Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Hard to believe they did not include Catholics in the study since we are known for our gambling-related church fundraising.

Thanks for the input, Chris. The authors did include Catholics in their study (see the bottom odds ratio listed in Figure 1). The authors hypothesized that Catholics would be associated with an increased likelihood of gambling for the exact reason you mentioned (gambling related fundraising). However, their results show that respondents who were Catholic were not significantly more or less likely to report having gambled than respondents with no religious affiliation.

I'm confused by what appear to be two opposing statements in the article. "This study’s findings support the idea that religion can help kids avoid gambling early, which might help prevent gambling addiction later on. and "Kids who attended services weekly had the same risk as kids who didn’t attend at all."

Hi Fiona,

Thanks for your question.
Those two statements are referring to two different gambling-related outcomes: 1) whether the respondent reported gambling at all; and 2) among respondents who did gamble, whether they reported gambling-related problems. The study found that kids who attended religious services weekly were less likely than non-attenders to have gambled at all. However, those who did gamble had the same risk of gambling-related problems as non-attenders.

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