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A definition and set of principles for responsible consumption of gambling

journal contribution
posted on 26.04.2018, 00:00 by Nerilee Hing, Alexander Russell, A Hronis
Responsible consumption of gambling (RCG) is now a major paradigm driving industry, government and public health measures that aim to prevent or minimize gambling-related harm. This is reflected in the pervasive message to ‘gamble responsibly’. However, few attempts have been made to define the concept or identify its foundation principles, resulting in substantial ambiguity over what RCG means and its essential characteristics. This study addresses this void by synthesizing findings from a systematic literature review, website analysis and online survey of 107 experts – to develop a set of underlying principles and a definition of RCG. These tasks were facilitated by the reasonably consistent principles found to underpin RCG in the three data sources, despite wide variations in how the construct has previously been defined. Thus, the set of principles of RCG developed in this study (affordability, balance, informed choice, control, enjoyment, harm-free) should attract wide acceptance, as should the definition given that it combines and summarizes these principles. Adopting a consistent definition and set of RCG principles will provide a basis for developing consistent guidelines for consumers, offer direction for public health efforts for gambling harm minimization, and inform government policies and industry measures aiming to support safe gambling. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

18

Issue

3

Start Page

359

End Page

382

Number of Pages

24

eISSN

1479-4276

ISSN

1445-9795

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

28/09/2017

External Author Affiliations

University of Technology, Sydney

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Gambling Studies

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