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The following Responsible Gambling Council research and analysis is available for download. When sharing or quoting information contained in these reports, please cite the report, its authors, and its publication date. Please contact us if you have any questions about the appropriate use of this material.

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Exploring the Evolution of Problem Gambling: One Year Follow-up Study

Jamie Wiebe (Responsible Gambling Council), Eric Single (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse), Agata Falkowski-Ham (Responsible Gambling Council) | Oct 1, 2003

This report is based on a follow-up study that builds on Measuring Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario (Wiebe, Single & Falkowski-Ham, 2001) by following up a sample of participants from the prevalence study approximately one year later. The report examines

  • the development and types of gambling-related concerns experienced by individuals (i.e. financial, relationships, etc.)
  • how these concerns are addressed
  • the ways in which people are being negatively impacted by someone else’s gambling

The results revealed substantial change in gambling status over the one-year period in both directions – that is, some people who originally reported problems improved in status, and others originally without problems or with less severe problems deteriorated in status. While there was an overall trend towards reductions in problem gambling, it is interesting to note that approximately 10% of participants at each gambling level progress to more serious problems.

See also the companion report based on the same study, Psychological and Social Factors Associated with Problem Gambling [link] (2003).

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