Problem gambling, personality traits, and culture
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Problem gambling (PG) lies at the end of an unknown path, which was explored in the following study. Specifically, personality traits and cross-cultural differences were examined in the realm of PG. The HEXACO personality traits (honesty-humility, emotionality, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience) and cultural variations (particular attitudes, cultural orientation-individualistic and collectivistic differences among cultures-and acculturation difficulties) were analysed for any associations with problem gambling (examined with the Problem Gambling Severity Index and the Gambling Behaviour Scale). The Psychology and Business participant pools at the University of Regina were used as the sample ($=257). Certain HEXACO personality traits (particularly honesty-humility, emotionality and conscientiousness) have revealed a relationship with PG, computed through correlational analysis. Likewise, cultural factors (acculturation and cultural orientation variables) are also correlated with problem gambling. A multiple regression analysis has indicated that factors of problem gambling (certain HEXACO personality traits) are indeed predictive. Furthermore, beyond age, gender, and the HEXACO traits, cultural variables did not explain any additional variance in problem gambling or general gambling tendencies. Thus, these findings suggest that the HEXACO inventory delivers strong utility in measuring personality traits that may be predictive of PG.