Understanding Positive Play: An Exploration of Playing Experiences and Responsible Gambling Practices

Wood, R.T.A. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2015. Understanding Positive Play: An Exploration of Playing Experiences and Responsible Gambling Practices. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31 (4), pp. 1715-1734. ISSN 1050-5350

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This study is one of the first to explore in detail the behaviors, attitudes and motivations of players that show no signs of at-risk or problem gambling behavior (so-called ‘positive players’). Via an online survey, 1484 positive players were compared with 209 problem players identified using the Lie/Bet screen. The study identified two distinct groups of positive players defined according to their motivations to play and their engagement with responsible gambling practices. Those positive players that played most frequently employed the most personal responsible gambling strategies. Reasons that positive players gave for gambling were focused on leisure (e.g., playing for fun, being entertained, and/or winning a prize). By contrast, problem gamblers were much more focused upon modifying mood states (e.g., excitement, relaxation, depression and playing when bored or upset). The present study suggests that online gambling is not, by default, inherently riskier than gambling in more traditional ways, as online gambling was the most popular media by which positive players gambled. Furthermore, most positive players reported that it was easier to stick to their limits when playing the National Lottery online compared to traditional retail purchasing of tickets. Problem players were significantly more likely than positive players to gamble with family and friends, suggesting that, contrary to a popular RG message, social play may not be inherently safer than gambling alone. It is proposed that players (generally) may identify more with the term ‘positive play’ than the term ‘responsible gambling’ which is frequently interpreted as being aimed at people with gambling problems, rather than all players.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
Creators: Wood, R.T.A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2015
Volume: 31
Number: 4
ISSN: 1050-5350
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Jan 2016 11:28
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26805

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