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Abbott, Max W and Binde, Per and Clarke, Luke and Hodgins, David C and Johnson, Mark R and Manitowabi, Darrel and Quilty, Lena C and Spångberg, Jessika and Volberg, Rachel A and Walker, Douglas M and Williams, Robert J (2018) Conceptual framework of harmful gambling. Guelph, ON: Gambling Research Exchange Ontario.

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Although it is seen by many as a form of leisure and recreation, gambling can have serious repercussions for individuals, families, and society as a whole. The harmful effects of gambling have been studied for decades in an attempt to understand individual differences in gambling engagement and the life-course of gambling-related problems. In this publication, the authors present a comprehensive, internationally relevant conceptual framework of “harmful gambling” that moves beyond a symptoms-based view of harm and addresses a broad set of factors related to population risk, community, and societal effects. Factors included in the framework represent major topics relating to gambling that range from specific (gambling environment, exposure, types, and resources) to general (cultural, social, psychological, and biological). The framework has been created by international, interdisciplinary experts in order to facilitate an understanding of harmful gambling. It reflects the state of knowledge related to factors influencing harmful gambling, and serves a secondary purpose as a guide for the development of future research programs and education of policy makers on issues related to harmful gambling.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
Behavioural addiction
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Harm reduction, Screening / Assessment
November 2018
143 p.
Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
Place of Publication
Guelph, ON
3rd Edition
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