The 2008–09 British Survey of Children and Gambling was carried out by Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute and the Centre for the Study of Gambling at the University of Salford on behalf of the National Lottery Commission. The research consisted of a quantitative survey of nearly 9,000 children aged between 12 and 15 in England and Wales. Children filled out self-completion questionnaires which captured information about their experiences of, and attitudes towards, gambling on a range of games. Questionnaires were administered via schools; overall a school-level response rate of 22% was achieved.
This research study uses the same methodology, and covers similar topics, as surveys conducted in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2005–06.
Please note that throughout the report, reference is made to ‘problem’ and ‘social’ gamblers. Problem gambling, or pathological gambling, is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as