Maintaining and losing control during internet gambling: a qualitative study of gamblers' experiences

Hing, Nerilee, Cherney, Lorraine, Gainsbury, Sally M., Lubman, Dan I., Wood, Robert T. and Blaszczynski, Alex (2015) Maintaining and losing control during internet gambling: a qualitative study of gamblers' experiences. New Media and Society, 17 7: 1075-1095. doi:10.1177/1461444814521140


Author Hing, Nerilee
Cherney, Lorraine
Gainsbury, Sally M.
Lubman, Dan I.
Wood, Robert T.
Blaszczynski, Alex
Title Maintaining and losing control during internet gambling: a qualitative study of gamblers' experiences
Journal name New Media and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-4448
1461-7315
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1461444814521140
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 7
Start page 1075
End page 1095
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This paper provides an in-depth exploration of the psychosocial factors and processes related to maintaining and losing control during internet gambling. It explores features of internet gambling leading to loss of control, control strategies used by internet gamblers, and the perceived utility of online responsible gambling measures. Interviews with 25 moderate risk and problem internet gamblers yielded rich first-person accounts analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. The most frequently identified aspects of internet gambling leading to impaired control were use of digital money, access to credit, lack of scrutiny and ready accessibility. Participants used a range of self-limiting strategies with variable success. Most considered that more comprehensive responsible gambling measures are required of internet gambling operators. The findings provide insights into the cognitive and behavioural processes that moderate problem gambling and are highly relevant in developing effective prevention and treatment programs for this new interactive mode of gambling.
Keyword Disordered gambling
Impaired control
Internet gambling
Problem gambling
Responsible 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 Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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