The impact of pop-up warning messages of losses on expenditure in a simulated game of online roulette: a pilot study

McGivern, P., Hussain, Z. ORCID: 0000-0002-7678-6615, Lipka, S. and Stupple, E., 2019. The impact of pop-up warning messages of losses on expenditure in a simulated game of online roulette: a pilot study. BMC Public Health, 19: 822. ISSN 1471-2458

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Abstract

Background: ‘Pop-up’ warning messages have potential as a Responsible Gambling tool, but many warning messages in the literature are generic. The present study simulated digital roulette to compare the effectiveness of expenditure-specific, generic and control messages, during online roulette.

Methods: Forty-five casual gamblers participated in a laboratory setting. Gambles were ‘rigged’ such that participants suffered a net loss. Total ‘play money’ wagers from individual bets after the presentation of the messages were measured.

Results: Expenditure-specific warning messages demonstrated significant reductions in wager amounts compared with other message types - Generic (p = .035) and Control messages (p < .001). No significant differences were found between Generic and Control messages (p > .05). Thus expenditure-specific warning messages about current losses were more effective than generic messages for reducing expenditure.

Conclusions: Expenditure-specific warning messages exhibit potential for ameliorating potentially harmful gambling behaviour. Expenditure-specific messages should be tested in a broader range of gambling contexts to examine their generalizability and potential for implementation in the gambling industry.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BMC Public Health
Creators: McGivern, P., Hussain, Z., Lipka, S. and Stupple, E.
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Date: 26 June 2019
Volume: 19
ISSN: 1471-2458
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10.1186/s12889-019-7191-5DOI
7191Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Sep 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 15:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37709

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