SEEKING FREEDOM: CQUniversity’s Dr En Li analyses the results of a gambling survey conducted in the Central Queensland area last year. The survey found men who lack control at work are more likely to gamble.
SEEKING FREEDOM: CQUniversity’s Dr En Li analyses the results of a gambling survey conducted in the Central Queensland area last year. The survey found men who lack control at work are more likely to gamble. Allan Reinikka Rokagamblin

CQ men's love of freedom leads to gambling problems

MEN are more likely to gamble if they lack control at work, a CQUniversity survey has found.

CQUniversity's experimental gambling team conducted a survey in the Central Queensland region late last year with results showing that men with low autonomy at work are more likely to gamble.

Rockhampton-based researcher Dr En Li said the team conducted a phone survey which was taken by more than 1000 people.

During the survey 486 gamblers were identified across the Rockhampton, Gladstone, and Mackay regions.

The survey showed a link between low autonomy and higher gambling among men.

This lead to the conclusion that men were more likely to cut loose and gamble if they lacked control at work.

"Male gamblers who lack freedom at work may reclaim some freedom in leisure by gambling," he said.

"The survey indicates males low in work autonomy would be more susceptible to gambling problems than females low in work autonomy, or males high in work autonomy."

Dr En Li said men generally had a higher need for freedom than women.

"Men love their freedom.

"Especially in a workplace environment, which is why those men who don't work in a high autonomy workplace potentially let loose in other ways like gambling,'' he said.

Other researchers who were involved in the survey included Associate Professor Matthew Rockloff, Dr Phillip Donaldson and Dr Matthew Browne, who are all based at CQUniversity Bundaberg.



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