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Examining Risk and Protective Factors for the Development of Gambling-Related Harms and Problems in Victorian LGBTIQ+ Communities

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posted on 2020-10-01, 00:00 authored by Rachel Bush, Alex Russell, Andrea Waling, Petra StaigerPetra Staiger, Nicki DowlingNicki Dowling
Examining Risk and Protective Factors for the Development of Gambling-Related Harms and Problems in Victorian LGBTIQ+ Communities

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1 - 157

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Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

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Melbourne, Vic.

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eng

Research statement

Research examining the behaviour and perspectives of LGBTIQ+ communities in relation to gambling are currently limited. The current project addresses this gap in two seperate studies (Study 1) a quantitative investigation of gambling behaviour, problem gambling severity and gambling related harms in LGBTIQ+ communities, as well as potential risk and protective factors and harms and (Study 2) a qualitative pilot exploration of the lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ people in relation to how they engage in gambling behaviour, make sense of gambling experienced and experience gambling-related help services. Study 1 consisted of an online survey of 385 participants, consisting of 213 cishet people and 172 LGBTIQ+ people. Results revealed differences between the groups, including statistically significantly lower levels of problem gambling, fewer gambling-related harms and lower levels of erroneous cognitions for the LGBTIQ+ participants. These findings contribute to new information about problem gambling in LGBTIQ+ communities and can inform future research. Study 2 included 11 LGBTIQ+ participants in a descriptive exploratory qualitative approach. Results revealed three key topics, including (1) different ways LGBTIQ+ people engage in gambling, (2) the variable pathways to gambling and the difficulties experienced when accessing support services. The findings of Study 2 indicated that many pathways can lead to a LGBTIQ+ person gambling, including stress, negative mood, psychological distress.

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A6 Research report/technical paper

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