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Gambling Research Projects

Problem gambling vulnerability:
The interaction between access, individual cognitions and group beliefs/preferences

Project Stats

Data collection methods:
Survey and focus groups

Total participants:
303
Data collection dates:
2008-2009

Report released:
Aug 2010

This study included a survey of 303 gamblers (oversampling for problem gamblers) and focus group interviews with 38 gamblers, including social, problem and recovered problem gamblers. Findings revealed that people are more likely to gamble if gambling venues are located near to where they live, work or shop. But it was also interesting to find that gambling accessibility is multidimensional: gamblers judge whether a gambling product is easy to access not just on geographical grounds (whether a venue is close by) but also on factors such as opening hours, whether a venue feels socially comfortable, what games and other activities the venue offers and, particularly for problem gamblers, whether this is a place where they feel they can get away from the worries of everyday life.

Another key finding was that many gamblers employ self regulation strategies to control their own gambling. They do things like pre-set a budget for gambling, separate their stakes from their winnings, remind themselves about the negative consequences of excessive gambling, avoid gambling alone and limit their alcohol intake while gambling. These strategies are particularly important for those who worry about their gambling and are trying to cut back.

Researchers involved in this project include:

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