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How Do People With Intellectual Disability Engage With and Understand Gambling? A Qualitative Study of Adults in Victoria, Australia

Pitt, Hannah, Thomas, Samantha L., Watson, Joanne, Shuttleworth, Russell, Murfitt, Kevin and Balandin, Susan 2021, How Do People With Intellectual Disability Engage With and Understand Gambling? A Qualitative Study of Adults in Victoria, Australia, Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 8, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.536520.

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Title How Do People With Intellectual Disability Engage With and Understand Gambling? A Qualitative Study of Adults in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Pitt, HannahORCID iD for Pitt, Hannah orcid.org/0000-0002-4259-6186
Thomas, Samantha L.ORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha L. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Watson, JoanneORCID iD for Watson, Joanne orcid.org/0000-0001-5015-3492
Shuttleworth, RussellORCID iD for Shuttleworth, Russell orcid.org/0000-0002-5383-9948
Murfitt, KevinORCID iD for Murfitt, Kevin orcid.org/0000-0003-1250-5623
Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Journal name Frontiers in Public Health
Volume number 8
Article ID 536520
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Frontiers Media
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-01-12
ISSN 2296-2565
2296-2565
Keyword(s) electronic gambling machines
gambling
gambling harm
intellectual disabilities (ID)
poker machines
responsible gambling
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
BEHAVIOR
FRAMEWORK
GAMBLERS
SUPPORT
RISK
HARM
Summary Objective: This study aimed to understand the factors that may influence how and why people with intellectual disability may engage in gambling.

Method: Nineteen people with intellectual disability were recruited from a disability advocacy organization and participated in face to face, semi-structured qualitative interviews. Open ended questions were used to explore participants' gambling participation, recall of, and attitudes toward, different gambling products, understanding of gambling harm, and awareness of responsible gambling messages.

Results: All participants could remember gambling in their lifetime and some participants had recently engaged in gambling. Many participants were aware of different gambling products, and a few participants could describe in detail the technical aspects of electronic gambling machines. Most participants did not specifically recall seeing gambling harm minimization messages, however some described engaging in individual responsibility measures, such as limits and control, as they perceived this reduced the risks of experiencing harm.

Conclusions: People with intellectual disability are engaging with gambling products in a similar way to the general community. Therefore, it is important to understand the different pathways that may lead people with intellectual disability to initiate and continue gambling and to ensure that they are aware of and protected from the potential risk.

Implications for Public Health: Policy makers and practitioners should seek to understand and implement a range of strategies to reduce and prevent the harms associated with particular gambling products and environments for this population sub-group.
Language eng
DOI 10.3389/fpubh.2020.536520
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Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2021, Pitt, Thomas, Watson, Shuttleworth, Murfitt and Balandin
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