Exposure to and Engagement With Gambling Marketing in Social Media: Reported Impacts on Moderate-Risk and Problem Gamblers

Digital advertising for gambling and specifically marketing via social media have increased in recent years, and the impact on vulnerable consumers, including moderate-risk and problem gamblers, is unknown. Social media promotions often fall outside of advertising restrictions and codes of conduct and may have an inequitable effect on susceptible gamblers. This study aimed to investigate recall of exposure to, and reported impact on gamblers of, gambling promotions and marketing content on social media, with a focus on vulnerable users currently experiencing gambling problems. Gamblers who use social media (N = 964) completed an online survey assessing their exposure to and engagement with gambling operators on social media, their problem gambling severity, and the impact of social media promotions on their gambling…

Source: Gainsbury, S. M., King, D. L., Russell, A. M. T., Delfabbro, P., Derevensky, J., & Hing, N. (2016). Exposure to and Engagement With Gambling Marketing in Social Media: Reported Impacts on Moderate-Risk and Problem Gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors. http://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000156

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Type of Gambling as an Independent Risk Factor for Suicidal Events in Pathological Gamblers

Individuals with pathological gambling have an increased risk for suicidal events. Additionally, the prevalence of comorbid psychiatric disorders is high among pathological gamblers. This study analyzes whether the type of gambling is associated with suicidal events in pathological gamblers independently from comorbidity. Participants were recruited in 4 different ways: via random telephone sample from the general population, via individual invitation for study participation in gambling locations, through various media and the distribution of a leaflet in various settings, and via inpatient treatment facilities for pathological gambling. The final sample included 442 participants with a lifetime diagnosis of pathological gambling. A standardized clinical interview was conducted…

Source: Bischof A, Meyer C, Bischof G, John U, Wurst Fm, Thon N, … Rumpf Hj. (2016). Type of Gambling as an Independent Risk Factor for Suicidal Events in Pathological Gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors. Retrieved from http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26795395