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Affected Others Responsivity to Gambling Harm: An International Taxonomy of Consumer-Derived Behaviour Change Techniques

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posted on 01.01.2021, 00:00 authored by Natalia Booth, Nicki DowlingNicki Dowling, Jason Landon, Dan I Lubman, Stephanie MerkourisStephanie Merkouris, Simone N Rodda
Affected others impacted by someone else’s gambling utilise numerous behaviour change strategies to minimise gambling-related harm but knowledge on what these strategies are and how they are implemented is limited. This study aimed to develop a comprehensive data-driven taxonomy of the types of self-help strategies used by affected others, and to categorize these into high-level behaviour change techniques (BCTs). Two taxonomies were developed using an inductive and deductive approach which was applied to a dataset of online sources and organised into the Rubicon model of action phases. These taxonomies were family-focused (how to reduce the impact of gambling harm on families) and gambler-focused (how to support the gambler in behaviour change). In total, 329 online sources containing 3536 different strategies were identified. The family-focused classification contained 16 BCTs, and the most frequent were professional support, financial management and planned consequences. The gambler-focused classification contained 11 BCTs, and the most frequent were feedback on behaviours, professional support and financial management. The majority of family- and gambler-focused BCTs fell under the actional phase of the Rubicon model. Grounded in lived experience, the findings highlight the need for intervention and resource development that includes a wide range of specific techniques that affected others can utilise.

History

Journal

Journal of Clinical Medicine

Volume

10

Issue

4

Article number

583

Pagination

1 - 21

Publisher

MDPI

Location

Basel, Switzerland

ISSN

2077-0383

eISSN

2077-0383

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal