Researchers have suggested that fraternity membership is the most reliable predictor of gambling and gambling problems on campus. The purpose of this study was to determine if problematic gambling could be linked to specific aspects of fraternity membership. Though the null hypothesis (no enabling environment) failed to be rejected, descriptive analysis confirms that moderate rates of problem gambling are exhibited by subsets of fraternity members (officers, younger members, those who live with other members). Further, predictive analysis revealed that gambling online and betting on skill games, such as golf or pool, increased the likelihood of problem gambling among fraternity members. Recommendations included a discussion of initiatives at another campus, as well as action steps for developing education and awareness programs.
Biddix, J. Patrick Ph.D. and Hardy, Thomas W. Ph.D.
"Fraternity as “Enabling Environment:” Does Membership Lead to Gambling Problems?,"
Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice: Vol. 3:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol3/iss2/4