Exploring the impact of gambling advertising: An interview study of problem gamblers

Abstract

This study qualitatively explored the impact of gambling advertising on problem gambling by interviewing twenty-five people wi th current or past gambling problems. Inter- views were relatively long and involved the participants’ viewing numerous examples of gambling advertising. A quarter of the participan ts reported that gambling advertising had no impact on their problems, slightly over half of them reported that advertising had a mar- ginal impact, and one fifth reported a tangible impact. However, none considered advertis- ing to be a main cause of their gambling problems. The negative self-perceived impact was primarily that advertising triggered impulses to gamble. Advertising thus increased already high involvement in gambling and/or made it harder to stick to a decision to gamble less or not at all .

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