Problem Gambling Messages on College Counseling Center Websites: An Over-Time and Cross-Country Comparison

Christopher J. McKinley, Yi Luo, Paul J. Wright, Ashley Kraus

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Gambling problems remain more prevalent among college students than any other adult population. Among the different informational services available to students struggling with this issue, the convenience, anonymity, and accessibility of the college counseling center website (CCW) make this a particularly appealing resource. This updated assessment explored the nature and frequency of problem gambling messages on U.S. CCWs. and assessed whether differences existed between U.S. and U.K. sites. Results showed that problem gambling remains disproportionately underrepresented on U.S. CCWs compared to other mental health concerns. Furthermore, in only one instance—links to pamphlets—did findings indicate any over-time increase in website communications. Overall, <11 % of U.S. CCWs mentioned anything regarding this topic. When assessing U.K. CCWs, results were relatively consistent with U.S. CCWs. Specifically, while significantly more U.K. sites mentioned anything regarding problem gambling than U.S. CCWs, this was mostly limited to links to self-help groups and issue-specific websites. Given the substantial health, social, and financial consequences linked to problem gambling behaviors, universities must focus on incorporating more information about this issue on CCWs and pursue initiatives to promote this service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-325
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • College students
  • Counseling centers
  • Health information-seeking
  • Problem gambling


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