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Håkansson, A . (2020) Role of gambling in payback failure in consumer credit-data from a large body of material regarding consumer loan recipients in Sweden. MDPI. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (8) 2907. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17082907

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC72154...

Indebtedness is associated with poor health outcomes, and problem gambling may contribute to indebtedness through consumer credits related to gambling expenses. The assessment of consumers' applications for loans may be an opportunity to detect and prevent further problem gambling. The present study analyzed a number of variables including gambling-related transactions and their association with payback failure in 48,197 loans to 20,750 individuals in Sweden.

Sums and frequency of gambling deposits or withdrawals generally did not predict failure to pay back loans. Instead, having a loan defaulted at some time was associated with a baseline pattern describing a theoretical loss-of-control gambling pattern (short-term intense gambling), with a higher ratio of gambling deposits or withdrawals per occasion, and with several instances of gambling in close association with a loan. While several group differences were modest, signs of rapid, short-term and intense gambling, rather than gambling itself, may identify risk of payback failure and risk of indebtedness. Implications for early problem-gambling detection and prevention, such as by gambling operators and financial institutes, are discussed and may promote better public health in relation to gambling indebtedness.


Item Type
International research
Publication Type
Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Behavioural addiction
Date
23 April 2020
Identification #
doi: 10.3390/ijerph17082907
Pages
2907
Publisher
MDPI
Volume
17
Number
8
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