Transitioning into and out of low- and moderate-risk gambling: Socio-demographic, gambling-related harm, motivation and change profiles
Pagination1 - 99
PublisherThe Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Place of publicationMelbourne, Vic.
Research statementAmong the gambling literature, low and moderate risk gamblers have received little empirical attention. However, given that low-and moderate risk gambling risk gamblers contribute the most to gambling related harm, there is an urgent need to understand their transitions. The current report therefore focuses on the identification of the predictors and profiles of transition into and out of these risk categories, rather than the problem gambling category. This three-wave longitudinal study included two projects. Project 1 aimed to; (1) examine the baseline predictors of transitions into and out of subsequent low-and moderate risk gambling (2) explore profiles or gamblers who have transitioned in and out of low and moderate risk gambling at the final wave and (3) qualitatively explore the subjective experience of these individuals. In a help-seeking sample, Project 2 aimed to (1) examine the baseline predictors of transitions from problem gambling into low and moderate risk gambling at 24-month follow-up (2) explore profiles of gamblers who transition from problem gambling at baseline into low and moderate risk gambling at 24-month follow up. Project 1 was a secondary analysis comprised of three waves of computer-assisted telephone interviewing. Qualitative interviews were conducted with EGM gamblers for the qualitative component. Project 2 consisted of gamblers who had previously engaged in a self-directed cognitive behavioural program. The findings for Project 1 discuss various predictors of transition into and out of low and moderate risk gambling. Taken together with the qualitative findings, common themes include social and recreational reasons for gambling. Project 2 findings discuss the predictors and profiles at 24-month follow up. Reasons for decreasing included spending too much money gambling and causing problems in life. This study provides preliminary support for gambling related psychosocial and change related factors and can be utilised to inform treatme
Publication classificationA6 Research report/technical paper