Lunch time learning: Gambling-related harm amongst men and women: Considering the importance of family and friends

Presenter: Anna Thomas

Date: 24 February 2017

Time: 12:30pm – 01:30pm (12:15 pm arrival)

Location: Training Room, the foundation, Level 6, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

Lunch: Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Kristal Yeung, kristal.yeung@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Summary of Research:

The influence of socio-environmental factors on gambling involvement is important. The study examined the relationship between self and significant others (in terms of gambling harm) in a group of 937 young Victorian adults (aged 30-33, 58% females).

Odds ratio analyses showed that young women experiencing gambling harm were significantly more likely to report a parent with gambling problems than other women. In contrast, young men experiencing gambling harm were significantly more likely to report that friends were experiencing gambling problems than other men.

The influence of parental gambling issues may therefore be more long lasting for women than men. Young adult men may be more influenced by their friends’ gambling patterns - something that could reflect growing interest in online mediums promoted to young men.

About the presenter:

Anna ThomasDr Anna Thomas has over 16 years experience conducting research into gambling and other addictions. She has a particular interest in using research to inform the development of gambling policy in relation to harm prevention and reduction. Dr Thomas leads the research team at the Australian Gambling Research Centre.

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