Defining the “Defined”—Problem Gambling, Pathological Gambling, and Gambling Disorder: Impact on Policy and Legislation

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This paper highlights the shifts in regulatory priorities and identifies that, with the emergence of more complicated methods of gambling and related activities, coupled with an affluent health policy sphere (vis-à-vis with respect to mental health and disability law), and consumer protection laws, regulation of gambling providers has become a logistical nightmare for both problem gamblers and providers alike. Drawing on cross-disciplinary intercepts between law and psychology, this paper highlights the deficiencies and strengths that exist in an attempt to classify pathological gambling, and the recently renamed gambling disorder, as a disability. At present, this intercept is underrepresented in research, and yet is paramount for the purpose of legislative and policy development.

Hinchliffe, S. A. (2015). Defining the ‘Defined’—Problem Gambling, Pathological Gambling, and Gambling Disorder: Impact on Policy and Legislation. Barry Law Review, 20(2), 6.

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