An exploratory study of problem gambling on casino versus non-casino electronic gaming machines

Clarke, Dave, Pulford, Justin, Bellringer, Maria, Abbott, Max and Hodgins, David (2012) An exploratory study of problem gambling on casino versus non-casino electronic gaming machines. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10 1: 107-121. doi:10.1007/s11469-010-9306-1


Author Clarke, Dave
Pulford, Justin
Bellringer, Maria
Abbott, Max
Hodgins, David
Title An exploratory study of problem gambling on casino versus non-casino electronic gaming machines
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-1874
1557-1882
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11469-010-9306-1
Open Access Status
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 107
End page 121
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Electronic gaming machines (EGMs) have been frequently associated with problem gambling. Little research has compared the relative contribution of casino EGMs versus non-casino EGMs on current problem gambling, after controlling for demographic factors and gambling behaviour. Our exploratory study obtained data from questionnaires administered to a convenient, non-representative New Zealand sample of 138 problem gamblers (66 male, 70 female) and 73 non-problem gamblers (41 male, 32 female) categorized by scores on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). Age groups ranged from 20 to 60+ years. Of 11 gambling activities, only gambling on EGMs in casinos and EGMs in pubs and clubs distinguished problem gamblers from non-problem gamblers. There were some significant interactions between marital status and types of gambling activities on problem gambling status. From multivariate logistic regression analysis, gambling on EGMs in pubs and clubs was a stronger, unique predictor of current problem gambling than EGMs in casinos, after controlling for demographic factors and total gambling activities. We suggest directions for future large-scale research and interventions for reducing the harm of gambling on non-casino EGMs.
Keyword Casinos
Electronic gaming machines
New Zealand
Problem gambling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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