Principal investigator: Professor of social psychology, DSocSci Atte Oksanen
Funding: The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies 2017–2019
Description: The project analyzes problem gambling and social media usage from social psychological perspective. The project collected the YouGamble 2017 Survey In March-April 2017. Respondents were Finnish young people aged 15 to 25 (N=1200). Additional YouGamble Social Media survey was collected in April-June 2017 from Finnish social media sites. These identical surveys included measures on problem gambling, addictive behavior, social media usage, subjective well-being and social relationships. The survey also included social psychological survey experiment using a vignette design. Our hypothesis were pre-registered to Open Science Framework in March 2017 and our aim is to analyze the effect of online group processes and content characteristics on young people’s reactions to gambling-related messages. The project will collect data from the US and South Korea in 2018.
Presentations and publications:
1. Hypothesis preregistration
Oksanen, A., Sirola, A., & Kaakinen, M. (2017). Problem Gambling and Social Media: Social Psychological Study on Youth Behavior in Online Gaming Communities. Open Science Framework, retrieved from https://osf.io/m72hz/
2. Presentations in international conferences
Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A., & Oksanen, A. “"If You Like it, I Like It": social media identity bubbles and gambling-related online behavior”, Self and Identity Preconference at the 18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), July 4, 2017, Granada.
Oksanen, A., Sirola, A., Savolainen, I. & Kaakinen, M. Gambling patterns and associated risk factors among 15-25-year-olds in Finland. Poster presentation, The 1st Gambling Policy Conference, November 6-7, Helsinki.
Savolainen, I., Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A. & Oksanen, A. Peer group identification mediates the association between addictive behaviors and psychological distress. Poster presentation, The 1st Gambling Policy Conference, November 6-7, 2017, Helsinki.
Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M. & Oksanen, A. Who prefers experience over facts? Experimental insight into young people's reactions to gambling-related online content. 4th Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, August 23, 2017, Helsinki.
3. Presentations in Finnish conferences
Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A., Savolainen, I. & Oksanen, A. Sosiaalisen median kuplien sosiaalipsykologinen tarkastelu: Esimerkkinä nuorten rahapelikäyttäytyminen. The Social Psychology Conference, November 17, 2017, Helsinki.
Savolainen, I., Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A. & Oksanen, A. A mediaton model approach to addiction and psychological distress. Poster presentation, The Social Psychology Conference, November 17, 2017, Helsinki.
Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M. & Oksanen, A. Rahapeliaiheisten nettiyhteisöjen käyttö ja rahapeliongelmat suomalaisnuorilla. The Social Psychology Conference, November 17, 2017, Helsinki.