Report on the study of Hong Kong’s participation in gambling activities in 2016

Abstract

Executive Summary
The Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated, as the trustee of the Ping Wo Fund, has commissioned the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to conduct “A Study of Hong Kong People’s Participation in Gambling Activities in 2016”.

The main objectives of this Study are to gauge the latest prevalence rate of gambling participation and Gambling Disorder (GD) among the general public and the youth; perception towards gambling; gambling behavior and pattern; demographic characteristics of gamblers and GD gamblers; risk factors associated with GD; reasons and the circumstances of football betting and online gambling operated by gaming operators other than the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC); extent and channels of credit betting; characteristics and needs of GD gamblers and significant others; knowledge and perception towards the effectiveness of counselling and treatment (C&T) services for GD gamblers; prevalence trend of GD in overseas and their experience in preventive measures; and recommend the Government and relevant parties on strategies and programmes to alleviate or prevent problems associated with gambling.

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