Stacked Deck

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Overview

Stacked Deck is a high school curriculum pilot tested in high schools in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) in 2001/2002 and later revised based on the results and feedback from teachers and students. The program consists of a set of 5-6 interactive lessons (minimum 1 hour each) that address the nature of gambling; the true odds and ‘house edge’; signs, risk factors, and causes of problem gambling; and skills for good decision-making and problem-solving. An overriding theme of the program is to approach life as a ‘smart gambler’ by determining the odds and weighing the pros and cons of your actions. The program was administered to 1,253 grade 9 – 12 students in 10 schools throughout southern Alberta, with results compared to 433 students in 4 Control schools. Three to seven months after receiving the program, students had significantly more negative attitudes toward gambling, improved knowledge about gambling and problem gambling, improved resistance to gambling fallacies, improved decision making and problem solving, decreased gambling frequency, and a decreased incidence of problem gambling.

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