INFLUENCE OF DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS ON STUDENTS’ INVOLVEMENT IN SPORTS BETTING:A CASE OF PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN MUMIAS-EAST SUB-COUNTY, KENYA

Author's Name: David Okoti & Dr. Rose Atoni
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Demographic Factors, Influence, Sports Betting, Secondary Schools


Abstract

Effective curriculum delivery can be impeded in an environment where other factors such as sports betting also compete for the learner’s attention. This quantitative study was conducted with the aim of examining the effects of students’ involvement in sports betting on learning process among secondary schools in Mumias-East Sub-County, Kenya. Based on the study, this paper presents and discusses the findings on the influence of demographic factors on students’ involvement in sports betting. The study adopted a causal-comparative design, with respondents comprising of 369 students who were obtained by stratified random sampling technique. Data were collected using a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics used in analysis included frequencies, means and percentages. Chi Square was used to test hypotheses at a= 0.05. The study established that; there was a relationship between gender and sports betting; there was a relationship between a student’s class level and sports betting; there was a relationship between a student’s age and sports betting; there was no relationship between socio-economic status and sports betting; and finally, there was no relationship between school location and sports betting. The study thus concluded that gender, age and student’s class have influence on sports betting involvement, while socio-economic status and school location do not. The study recommended review of gambling regulations and legislation to include laws that prohibit school-going students from betting in spite of age; that enforcement of gambling legislation that bars the under aged from betting should be strengthened; that intervention measures should be put in place by schools and society to help the boy-child, who is more engrossed in betting than the female counterpart.

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