Internet-based structural characteristics of sports betting and problem gambling severity: is there a relationship?

Lopez-Gonzalez, H., Estévez, A. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2018. Internet-based structural characteristics of sports betting and problem gambling severity: is there a relationship? International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

With the adoption and popularization of internet-based platforms, sports betting has introduced new functionalities that transform the design of its products and therefore the way bettors interact with them. This study aims to explore the association between the use of new structural characteristics of online betting and gambling severity. Five characteristics are examined here: (i) live in-play betting; (ii) cash out feature use (as example of in-play betting in-built features); (iii) fantasy sports gaming; (iv) location of betting; and (v) device or platform used to make bets. A cohort (N = 659) of Spanish gamblers who had bet on sports during the previous year was recruited through an online survey. The results suggested that those bettors scoring higher on gambling problems also utilized more often such new structural characteristics, in a proportion not explained only by their higher overall gambling activity. Mobile betting was especially frequent among problem gamblers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Lopez-Gonzalez, H., Estévez, A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer New York
Date: 16 January 2018
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-018-9876-xDOI
9876Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © the author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Jan 2018 09:25
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 09:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32458

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