FSD2252 Youth Gambling Survey 2006: Test ShoppingDetailed description (collection | citation | publications)
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Keywords: adolescents, age limits, friends, gambling, gaming machines, lotteries, supervision, youth
The survey studied how well the 15 years age limit is controlled in Finnish gambling venues by means of test shopping. The term gambling is used here as an umbrella term for lotteries, slot machines, and the pools. The respondents were test shoppers, who were instructed to play a certain gambling game in a certain gambling venue, after which they responded to a set of questions. Some questions pertained to whether the staff in the gambling venue had asked about their age or did not allow them to gamble or play. If they were not allowed to gamble or play, they were asked who intervened first, and who forbade them to gamble.
Further questions covered the age structure of the group with which the respondents gambled, and the number of other gamblers at the place. The respondents gave their opinions on whether there were gamblers who were or seemed to be under 15 years old, whether they gambled without adult company, whether they were asked about their age, and whether they were not allowed to gamble. Finally, the respondents were asked whether the staff in the gambling venue had direct eye contact with gaming machines.
Background variables included respondent's age, gender, time and date of test shopping, and region (NUTS3) and province of gambling venue.