Self-regulation and problem gambling

Abstract

Although it has been argued that impaired control is a defining feature of problem gambling, to date self-regulation theory has not been used as a framework to understand problem gambling behaviour. In this paper, we outline self-regulation theory. Deficiencies in self-regulation that may lead to problem gambling behaviour are then discussed - specifically lack of self-regulation development among adolescents and two types of self-regulation failure (underregulation and misregulation). Research questions and hypotheses are derived throughout.

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