Epidemiology of problem gambling in a Canadian community

Abstract

Presents a study which aims to examine the epidemiology of problem gambling. The purpose of this study was to use community data to examine the extent of gambling in Saskatchewan and to investigate the correlates of gambling problems. This research report uses cross-sectional data from the CCHS 2007-2008 to examine rates of gambling engagement and problem prevalence, and association with variables known to co-exist frequently as problematic with gambling. The survey data were collected cumulatively by means of face-to-face interviews, using a multistage stratified cluster design to sample households of residents in Canada aged 12 years and older. The results of this study provided information regarding gambling activity and problem gambling, also revealing that despite the lower prevalence rates the overall gambling revenues have increased. It is hoped that in conjunction with other findings, these results can be used to establish trends in gambling behavior and to improve the understanding of the underlying determinants of gambling problems.

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