"I can sit on the beach and punt through my mobile phone" : the influence of physical and online environments on the gambling risk behaviours of young men.

Deans, Emily G., Thomas, Samantha L., Daube, Mike and Derevensky, Jeffery 2016, "I can sit on the beach and punt through my mobile phone" : the influence of physical and online environments on the gambling risk behaviours of young men., Social science and medicine, vol. 166, pp. 110-119, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.017.

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Title "I can sit on the beach and punt through my mobile phone" : the influence of physical and online environments on the gambling risk behaviours of young men.
Author(s) Deans, Emily G.
Thomas, Samantha L.
Daube, Mike
Derevensky, Jeffery
Journal name Social science and medicine
Volume number 166
Start page 110
End page 119
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 1873-5347
1873-5347
Keyword(s) Alcohol
Environments
Gambling
Men
Risk
Sports
Summary Gambling is rapidly emerging as an important public health issue, with gambling products causing considerable health and social harms to individuals, families and communities. Whilst researchers have raised concerns about online wagering environments, few studies have sought to explore how factors within different gambling environments (both online and land-based) may be influencing the wagering, and more broadly the gambling risk behaviours of young men. Using semi-structured interviews with 50 Australian men (20-37 years) who gambled on sport, we explored the ways in which online and land-based environments may be risk-promoting settings for gambling. This included the appeal factors associated with gambling in these environments, factors that encouraged individuals to gamble, and factors that encouraged individuals to engage in different, and more harmful types of gambling. Interviews were conducted over the course of a year (April 2015 - April 2016). We identified a number of situational and structural factors that promoted risky gambling environments for young men. In the online environment, gambling products had become exceedingly easy to access through mobile technologies, with young men subscribing to multiple accounts to access industry promotions. The intangibility of money within online environments impacted upon risk perceptions. In land-based environments, the social rituals associated with peer group behaviour and sport influenced risky patterns of gambling. The presence of both gambling and alcohol in pub environments led individuals to gamble more than they normally would, and on products that they would not normally gamble on. Land-based venues also facilitated access to multiple forms of gambling under the one roof. We identified a number of factors in both land and online environments that when combined, created risk-promoting settings for gambling among young men. By exploring these contextual conditions that give rise to gambling harm, we are better able to advocate for effective public health responses in creating environments that prevent harmful gambling.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.017
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1601 Anthropology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085837

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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