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Gambling and problem gambling in Ontario

Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre & The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care | Jun 26, 2013

A random sample of 4,035 Ontario adults (18+) was administered a telephone survey regarding their gambling attitudes, motivations for gambling, gambling behaviour, and problem gambling status. The survey was conducted between November 2010 and April 2011.

The purpose of the present study is to obtain a current picture of gambling and problem
gambling in Ontario and to determine whether this downward trend in prevalence has
continued. The specific issues that will be addressed include:
1. Current attitudes toward gambling.
2. Past year prevalence, frequency, and expenditures on each form of gambling, and how this
compares to previous rates.
3. Motivations for gambling.
4. Current prevalence of problem gambling and how this compares to previous rates.
5. Demographic, game play, attitudinal, motivational, and comorbidity profiles of problem
versus non-problem gamblers.
6. The negative social impacts of problem gambling.
7. Number of problem gamblers in need of treatment, desiring treatment, and receiving

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