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Forms of gambling, gambling involvement and problem gambling: Evidence from a Swedish population survey

Journal article
Authors Per Binde
Ulla Romild
Rachel A. Volberg
Published in International Gambling Studies
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 490-507
ISSN 1445-9795
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology
Pages 490-507
Language en
Links www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.108...
Keywords gambling, problem gambling, forms of gambling, gambling involvement, population study, EGMs, lottery, horse betting, sports betting, bingo, poker, casino gambling
Subject categories Substance Abuse, Public health science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the association between problem gambling (PG) and participation in different forms of gambling in order to elucidate relationships between PG, gambling involvement and gambling intensity. Using data from the first wave of the Swedish Longitudinal Gambling Study (Swelogs) (n = 4,991), the study tested four hypotheses, namely that (1) some forms of gambling are more closely associated with PG than other forms; (2) high gambling involvement is associated with PG; (3) gambling involvement is positively associated with the intensity of gambling; and (4) the relationship between gambling involvement and PG is influenced by the specific forms of gambling in which individuals participate. All four hypotheses were supported. More specifically, the study found that while many PGs regularly participate in multiple forms of gambling, half of PGs participate regularly in only one or two forms of gambling. The study concluded that some forms of gambling are more closely associated with problem gambling than other forms, and that gambling policy and regulation, as well as the development of responsible gambling initiatives, should focus on these forms.

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