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Behaviour change strategies for problem gambling: an analysis of online posts

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posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by Simone RoddaSimone Rodda, N Hing, D C Hodgins, A Cheetham, M Dickins, D I Lubman
Reducing or quitting problematic gambling often requires implementing a variety of behaviour change strategies, but there is limited evidence regarding the breadth of specific strategies that gamblers use to control or limit gambling behaviours. This study aimed to identify the range of change strategies reported by gamblers in a naturalistic setting (i.e. two online forums for problem gambling). A total of 2937 change strategies were extracted from online posts (N = 1370). Content analysis identified 27 discrete change strategies that were pre-decisional (i.e. barriers–behavioural and psychological, decisional balance, realization–behaviour and cognitions, set reasons to change, seek knowledge and information, self-assessment), pre-actional (i.e. action planning, commitment, goal setting), actional (i.e. alternative activity, behavioural substitution, avoidance–abstinence, environment and financial, consumption control, maintain readiness, reinforcement, urge management, cognitive restructuring, seek inspiration, self-monitoring and spiritual) and multi-phased (i.e. external support, social support and well-being). This study suggests the breadth and depth of change strategies are far more complex than previously reported. Future research with a broader population needs to determine which change strategies are most effective for those experiencing different levels of gambling problems.

History

Journal

International gambling studies

Volume

18

Issue

3

Pagination

420 - 438

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1445-9795

eISSN

1479-4276

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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