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Breaking bad: Comparing gambling harms among gamblers and affected others

This article examines gambling harms from both gamblers and affected others' perspectives. Participants (3076 gamblers and 2129 affected others) completed a retrospective survey that elicited information on harms they experienced from gambling across their lifetime. Their responses were analyzed through testing measurement invariance, estimating item-response theoretic parameters, calculating percentages, confidence intervals, and correlations, as well as regressions. The results indicated large commonalities in the experience of harms reported by gamblers and affected others. Further, gamblers appeared to 'export' about half of the harms they experienced to those around them. The findings also provided detailed profiles of evolving harms as problem gambling severity varies.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

33

Issue

1

Start Page

223

End Page

248

Number of Pages

26

eISSN

1573-3602

ISSN

1050-5350

Location

United States

Publisher

Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Gambling Studies