Justifications of national gambling policies in France and Finland : Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

AIMS – The principles of free trade and free circulation of services within the European Union have created pressures to make the strictly controlled European gambling markets more open. According to the Court of Justice of the European Union, restrictions on gambling are only allowed if they are justified in admissible terms of consumer protection, prevention of criminal activity and protection of public order. This study compares the gambling laws of two European societies, France and Finland, to analyse how their legal frames of gambling have been adjusted to these principles…

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Economic mobility moderates the effect of relative deprivation on financial gambling motives and disordered gambling – International Gambling Studies

This study examined whether a positive association between personal relative deprivation and disordered gambling severity is mediated by the motivation to gamble for financial gain. We hypothesized that this would occur specifically among people who perceived a low personal capacity for upward economic mobility via conventional means of advancement. A sample of community gamblers (N = 196) completed measures of personal relative deprivation, perceptions about upward economic mobility, gambling motivations (financial, coping, enhancement and social) and disordered gambling severity…

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Gambling and gambling-related problems in France – Valleur – 2015 – Addiction – Wiley Online Library

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To provide an overview of the gambling landscape and gambling-related problems in France, including the history, legislation, gambling policy and epidemiological data on excessive gambling…

Gambling and gambling-related problems in France – Valleur – 2015 – Addiction – Wiley Online Library.

Jackpot Structural Features: Rollover Effect and Goal-Gradient Effect in EGM Gambling – Online First – Springer

En Li, Matthew J. Rockloff, Matthew Browne, Phillip Donaldson

Relatively little research has been undertaken on the influence of jackpot structural features on electronic gaming machine (EGM) gambling behavior. This study considered two common features of EGM jackpots: progressive (i.e., the jackpot incrementally growing in value as players make additional bets), and deterministic (i.e., a guaranteed jackpot after a fixed number of bets, which is determined in advance and at random). Their joint influences on player betting behavior and the moderating role of jackpot size were investigated in a crossed-design experiment…

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National Helpline for Problem Gambling: A Profile of Its Users’ Characteristics

Luca Bastiani, Maurizio Fea, Roberta Potente, Claudia Luppi, Fabio Lucchini, and Sabrina Molinaro

Gambling has seen a significant increase in Italy in the last 10 years and has rapidly become a public health issue, and for these reasons the first National Helpline for Problem Gambling (GR-Helpline) has been established. The aims of this study are to describe the GR-Helpline users’ characteristics and to compare the prevalence rates of the users with those of moderate-risk/problematic gamblers obtained from the national survey (IPSAD 2010-2011). Statistical analysis was performed on data obtained from the counselling sessions (phone/e-mail/chat) carried out on 5,805 users (57.5% gamblers; 42.5% families/friends). This confirms that the problems related to gambling concern not only the gamblers but also their families and friends…

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Internet Based Retraining as a Treatment for Gambling Disorders – European Psychiatry

M. Boffo, W. Ronny, T. Pronk, R.W. Wiers, G. Dom

Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) has opened up new ways to treat addiction by retraining relatively automatic, maladaptive processes implied in the onset and maintenance of addiction disorders (Wiers et al., 2013). Many CBM interventions can, in principle, be administered online, thus showing potential of being a cheap addition to conventional treatments. The recent re-framing of pathological gambling (PG) as a behavioural addiction and its inclusion in the substance and addictive disorders diagnostic section of the new DSM-5 questions whether PG could also be explained by recent dual-process models of addiction and, consequently, whether CBM interventions can be potentially effective in the treatment of PG…

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Examining Problematic Gambling and Mental Health in a LGBTI community: A preliminary study | Birch | Medical Research Archives

Philip Birch, Jane Louise Ireland, Clare Ruth Strickland, Johann Kolstee

This preliminary study explored gambling in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) community, recognising this as an under researched area. Several factors were considered alongside gambling, namely mental health, substance use, alcohol use and self-control. Participants were recruited to take part in an online survey, with a final sample of 69 obtained. Findings revealed that gambling activities such as pub slot machines/games (58%) were the most common form of gambling, followed by scratch cards (43.5%)…

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