Gambling as a public health issue: The critical role of the local environment

Marshall, D. (2009) Gambling as a public health issue: The critical role of the local environment. Journal of Gambling Issues, 23 66-80. doi:10.4309/jgi.2009.23.4


Author Marshall, D.
Title Gambling as a public health issue: The critical role of the local environment
Journal name Journal of Gambling Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1910-7595
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4309/jgi.2009.23.4
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 23
Start page 66
End page 80
Total pages 15
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (C AM H)
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract This paper discusses gambling as a public health concern and outlines why local circumstances are central to such concerns. Using the framework of compositional and contextual factors to frame discussions, it is argued that the local circumstances of individuals and communities are critical to whether gambling activity is problematic. Unlike other similar public health issues for which there are clear parameters defining what is a problem and how severe the problem is, it is argued here that gambling-related problems are determined almost entirely by the circumstances in which the activity is occurring. As such, strategies designed to prevent or minimise gambling-related problems should target the local contextual environment and not just focus on the gamblers themselves, as has tended to occur to date.
Q-Index Code C1
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Healthy Communities Research Centre Publications
 
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