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Observable indicators and behaviors for the identification of problem gamblers in venue environments

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posted on 2016-09-01, 00:00 authored by P Delfabbro, Anna ThomasAnna Thomas, A Armstrong
Background and aims: In many jurisdictions, where gambling services are provided, regulatory codes require gambling operators to apply a duty of care toward patrons. A common feature of these provisions is some expectation that venue staff identify and assist patrons who might be experiencing problems with their gambling. The effectiveness of such measures is, however, predicated on the assumption that there are reliable and observable indicators that might be used to allow problem gamblers to be distinguished from other gamblers. Methods: In this study, we consolidate the findings from two large Australian studies (n = 505 and n = 680) of regular gamblers that were designed to identify reliable and useful indicators for identifying problem gambling in venues. Results: It was found that problem gamblers are much more likely to report potentially visible emotional reactions, unusual social behaviors, and very intense or frenetic gambling behavior. Discussion and conclusions: This study shows that there are a range of indicators that could potentially be used to identify people experiencing problems in venues, but that decisions are most likely to be accurate if based on an accumulation of a diverse range of indicators.

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Journal

Journal of Behavioral Addictions

Volume

5

Pagination

419-428

Location

Budapest, Hungary

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  • Yes

ISSN

2062-5871

eISSN

2063-5303

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

Akademiai Kiado Rt.

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