What influences the beliefs, behaviours and consumption patterns of 'moderate risk' gamblers?

Thomas, Samantha L., Lewis, Sophie, Westberg, Kate and Derevensky, Jeffrey L. 2013, What influences the beliefs, behaviours and consumption patterns of 'moderate risk' gamblers?, International journal of mental health and addiction, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 474-489, doi: 10.1007/s11469-013-9432-7.

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Title What influences the beliefs, behaviours and consumption patterns of 'moderate risk' gamblers?
Author(s) Thomas, Samantha L.ORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Lewis, Sophie
Westberg, Kate
Derevensky, Jeffrey L.
Journal name International journal of mental health and addiction
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 474
End page 489
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1557-1874
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Clinical
Substance Abuse
Psychiatry
Psychology
PSYCHIATRY, SCI
PSYCHIATRY, SSCI
SUBSTANCE ABUSE, SCI
SUBSTANCE ABUSE, SSCI
Gambling
Moderate risk
Risk factors
Beliefs and behaviours
Consumption
Prevention
COLLEGE-STUDENTS
PLANNED BEHAVIOR
GREY AREA
PREFERENCES
HEALTH
SKILL
Summary Gambling is emerging as a significant health issue. Problem gambling does not develop instantaneously and is often the result of risky consumption patterns over a period of time. Early intervention strategies depend on a detailed understanding of ‘at risk’ gamblers, yet surprisingly little is known about this group. This qualitative study explores the beliefs, behaviours, risk perceptions, and consumption patterns of 35 individuals who were screened as having ‘moderate risk’ gambling behaviours. Two thirds of participants gambled at least once a week and most consumed multiple types of gambling products. Participants gambled for social or emotional reasons, with many using gambling as a mechanism to socially connect and interact with others. Perceptions of behavioural control led many to believe that they were not at risk or could control gambling risks. Understanding the range of drivers that influence gambling risk is essential in developing prevention and harm minimisation strategies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11469-013-9432-7
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Springer
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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