The Definition and Predictors of Relapse in Problem Gambling: Final Report

Malcolm Battersby, Rene Pols, Jane Oakes, David Smith, Kristin McLaughlin, Michael Baigent

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    Abstract

    Problem gambling is associated with significant personal and societal harms. Australia’s Gambling Industries Productivity Commission Report (1999) estimated that up to 2% of Australian adults are considered “problem gamblers”, who experience serious impacts including suicide, occupational loss and family breakdown. For each problem gambler, it is estimated that a further seven individuals are directly affected (AusInfo, 1999).

    With an increasing prevalence of problem gambling in Australia associated with the introduction of electronic gaming machines, research into problem gambling has focussed mainly on its prevalence and finding effective treatments. Research into relapse in problem gambling has received little attention in Australia and internationally. This study was funded by Gambling Research Australia to develop a definition of relapse, examine the predictors of relapse and propose a model of relapse in problem gambling.

    It suggested that the Final Report is read first as it integrates the most important details of each of the four subsidiary studies, which are presented for further detailed examination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
    PublisherFlinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit
    Commissioning bodyGambling Research Australia
    Number of pages282
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

    Keywords

    • Problem gambling
    • gambling industry
    • Australia
    • Problem gamblers
    • Relapse

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