A critical review of the harm-minimisation tools available for electronic gambling

Harris, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9627-4900 and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. A critical review of the harm-minimisation tools available for electronic gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33 (1), pp. 187-221. ISSN 1573-3602

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The increasing sophistication of gambling products afforded by electronic tech- nologies facilitates increased accessibility to gambling, as well as encouraging rapid and continuous play. This poses several challenges from a responsible gambling perspective, in terms of facilitating player self-awareness and self-control. The same technological advancements in gambling that may facilitate a loss of control may also be used to provide responsible gambling tools and solutions to reduce gambling-related harm. Indeed, several harm-minimisation strategies have been devised that aim to facilitate self-awareness and self- control within a gambling session. Such strategies include the use of breaks in play, 'pop-up' messaging, limit setting, and behavioural tracking. The present paper reviews the theoretical argument underpinning the application of specific harm-minimisation tools, as well as pro- viding one of the first critical reviews of the empirical research assessing their efficacy, in terms of influencing gambling cognitions and behaviour.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
Creators: Harris, A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: March 2017
Volume: 33
Number: 1
ISSN: 1573-3602
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Jun 2016 14:54
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 09:58
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27980

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