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Is all internet gambling equally problematic?: Considering the relationship between mode of access and gambling problems

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posted on 01.03.2018, 00:00 by SM Gainsbury, Y Liu, Alexander RussellAlexander Russell, T Teichert
Concerns exist that Internet gambling may increase rates of gambling harms, yet research to date has found inconsistent results. Internet gamblers are a heterogeneous group and considering this population as a whole may miss important differences between gamblers. The differential relationship of using mobile and other devices for gambling online has not been considered as compared to the use of computers. The true relationship of Internet gambling on related problems and differences between preferred modes for accessing online gambling may be obscured by confounding personal and behavioural factors. This paper thus uses the innovative approach of propensity score matching to estimate the consequence of gambling offline, or online through a computer, as compared to mobile or other supplementary devices by accounting for confounding effects of difference among groups of Australian gamblers (N = 4482). Gamblers who prefer to gamble online using computers had lower rates of gambling problems as compared to those using mobile and supplementary devices. Individual life cycle was useful to differentiate between groups, indicating age, marital, and employment status should be considered together to predict how people gamble online. This is the first empirical study to suggest that the mode of accessing Internet gambling may be related to subsequent harms. © 2015 The Authors.

History

Volume

55

Issue

Part B

Start Page

717

End Page

728

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1873-7692

ISSN

0747-5632

Publisher

Pergamon Press, UK

Additional Rights

Gold OA. The article is marked Open Access in the issue contents.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Southern Cross University; University of Hamburg; Aalto University School of Business

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Computers in Human Behavior