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Lessons for the development of initiatives to tackle the stigma associated with problem gambling

Thomas, Samantha, Bestman, Amy, Pitt, Hannah, David, Jennifer and Thomas, Stuart 2016, Lessons for the development of initiatives to tackle the stigma associated with problem gambling, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Lessons for the development of initiatives to tackle the stigma associated with problem gambling
Creator(s) Thomas, SamanthaORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Bestman, AmyORCID iD for Bestman, Amy orcid.org/0000-0003-1269-2123
Pitt, HannahORCID iD for Pitt, Hannah orcid.org/0000-0002-4259-6186
David, Jennifer
Thomas, Stuart
Year presented 2016
Year created 2016
Publisher Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Material type technical report
Resource type report
Description of resource 1 report: 44p.
Keyword(s) gambling
social studies
gambling research
anti-stigma initiatives
mental health
Summary This research examined the effectiveness of anti-stigma initiatives in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS and gambling to understand the different appeal strategies used and to inform future anti-stigma initiatives for problem gambling. The study comprised a literature review of a range of campaigns used to reduce stigma and interviews with experts about the factors that contribute to gambling stigma and potential strategies for responding to them. In reviewing the campaigns, the researchers found most strategies used to reduce stigma tended to be reactive rather than preventative. The gambling campaigns typically focused on personal responsibility. The researchers noted that this may have unintended negative consequences for people experiencing gambling harm, including intensifying stigma and deterring help-seeking. The interviews with experts focused on the causes and consequences of gambling stigma and how to address them through effective anti-stigma initiatives. Interviewees saw stigma exacerbated by community misconceptions about individual responsibility as well as industry and government messages that frame problem gambling as an issue of personal responsibility. They recommended drawing on campaign successes in other areas, such as mental health, and shifting focus from personal responsibility to the multiple factors that contribute to gambling harm, encouraging a more compassionate approach to those who experience it. The foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research program funded this study.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A5 Minor research monograph
Copyright notice ©2016, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
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