Gender Differences Among Helpline Callers: Prospective Study of Gambling and Psychosocial Outcomes

Despite the increasing amount of empirical research on gambling helplines (e.g., characteristics, effectiveness), little is known about gender differences on treatment outcomes following contact. The present research addresses this gap in the literature via secondary analysis of an uncontrolled outcome study of New Zealand’s gambling helpline (N = 150). To this end, the present research had three aims; (a) explore gender differences (e.g., demographics, co-morbidities, gambling variables) among helpline callers using psychometrically robust measures, (b) assess whether gender predicts treatment utilization following contact and (c) assess whether systematic gender differences exist on gambling and psychosocial outcomes at 3-, 6- and 12-month follow-ups. The results revealed that at baseline, women compared to men, described greater problem severity and shorter problem duration, and were more likely to report electronic gaming machines as their most problematic form of gambling…

Source: Kim, H. S., Hodgins, D. C., Bellringer, M., & Abbott, M. (2015). Gender Differences Among Helpline Callers: Prospective Study of Gambling and Psychosocial Outcomes. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1–19.


Gambling, Drinking and Quality of Life: Evidence from Macao and Australia

The investigation of the interface between psychological constructs, compulsive consumption of alcohol and pathological gambling is an important avenue for development of future initiatives in social marketing or prevention programs. This cross-cultural study attempts to bridge the gap in literature by providing an evaluation of the predictive ability of psychological variables such as gambling urge, gambling-related erroneous cognitions and comorbid alcohol consumption on pathological gambling behaviour and its impact on overall quality of life indicators…

Source: Loo, J. M. Y., Shi, Y., & Pu, X. (2015). Gambling, Drinking and Quality of Life: Evidence from Macao and Australia. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1–17.

Gambling attitudes associated with problem gambling : the cohort effect of baby boomers

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The current study sought to examine the effects of gambling attitudes and beliefs on problem gambling behaviour across three cohorts, namely Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation. Individuals from Northern and Southern Ontario completed either an online or paper version of a questionnaire that included the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) and South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) to measure problem gambling, the Gambling Attitudes Scales (GAS) to measure gambling attitudes, and the Gambling Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (GABS), Gamblers’ Beliefs Questionnaire (GBQ), and Gambling Related Cognitions Scale (GRCS) to measure gambling beliefs. A sample of 308 participants consisted of 101 individuals from Generation X, 139 from the Baby Boom cohort, and 68 from the Silent Generation. Analyses focused on differences between Baby Boomers and their surrounding cohorts, but especially on differences between the older two cohorts…

Tanner, J. (2015, August 25). Gambling attitudes associated with problem gambling : the cohort effect of baby boomers (Thesis). Retrieved from

Single-session interventions for problem gambling may be as effective as longer treatments: Results of a randomized control trial

Empirically supported treatments for problem gambling tend to be multimodal combining cognitive, behavior and motivational interventions. Since problem gamblers often prefer briefer treatments it is important that interventions adopt strategies that are optimally effective. In this study, 99 community-recruited problem gamblers (74% male, mean age: 47.5 years) were randomized to one of four treatments: six sessions of cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, and motivational therapy or a single-session intervention. The sample was followed up for 12 months post-treatment…

Toneatto, T. (n.d.). Single-session interventions for problem gambling may be as effective as longer treatments: Results of a randomized control trial. Addictive Behaviors.

Mobile Gambling: Implications of Accessibility

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Mobile gambling is the fastest growing form of internet gambling. However whilst internet gambling research as a whole has raised concerns over its impact on problem gambling, mobile gambling has not yet received study as a separate entity despite characteristics of its accessibility posing a greater risk. The present study used semi-structured qualitative interviews and a focus group to understand accessibility of mobile gambling and to identify consequential gambling behaviour changes that could result in problem gambling.

Drakeford, B. P., & Smith, M. H. (2015). Mobile Gambling: Implications of Accessibility. Journal of Research Studies in Business & Management, 1(1), 3–28.