Cross-cultural correlates of games of chance

Behavior Science Notes Vol/Iss. 1 Published In Pages: 131-144
By Roberts, John M., Sutton-Smith, Brian


Authors investigate the cross-cultural correlates of games of chance. They advance a "conflict-enculturation" model to explain why individuals choose to engage in games of chance in particular (as opposed to games of strategy or physical skill). They suggest that games of chance are linked to cultures with antecedent conflict and/or feelings of powerlessness in the presence of uncertainty; both are psychological stressors whose effects may be assuaged by play with uncertainty models in the form of games of chance.

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