Preparation of this article was facilitated through doctoral fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to the first and third author, a doctoral fellowship from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to the third author, a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et & lcar; Aide à la Recherche (FCAR) to the fourth author, and through grants from SSHRC and Loto-Québec to the second author.
Passion and Gambling: Investigating the Divergent Affective and Cognitive Consequences of Gambling1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 100–118, January 2005
How to Cite
Mageau, G. A., Vallerand, R. J., Rousseau, F. L., Ratelle, C. F. and Provencher, P. J. (2005), Passion and Gambling: Investigating the Divergent Affective and Cognitive Consequences of Gambling. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35: 100–118. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02095.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Vallerand et al. (2003) developed a theoretical framework of passion where two types of passions are proposed: obsessive and harmonious passion. Obsessive passion is characterized by an internal pressure that pushes the person to engage in the passionate activity, whereas harmonious passion is characterized by the person's choice to engage in the activity. The goal of the present study was to examine the outcomes of these types of passion toward gambling. A total of 554 participants completed instruments assessing their passion toward gambling, as well as several cognitive and affective outcomes. Results indicated that, in general, harmonious passion was associated with positive outcomes, while obsessive passion was related to negative consequences. Results also showed that casino activities accentuated both positive and negative outcomes by fostering both types of passion toward the gambling activity. Conceptual and practical implications are discussed.