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'Mobile mindsets': EGM venue usage, gambling participation, and problem gambling among three itinerant groups on the Sunshine Coast of Australia

Doran, Bruce and Young, Martin (2010). 'Mobile mindsets': EGM venue usage, gambling participation, and problem gambling among three itinerant groups on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. International Gambling Studies,10(3):269-288.

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Title 'Mobile mindsets': EGM venue usage, gambling participation, and problem gambling among three itinerant groups on the Sunshine Coast of Australia
Author Doran, Bruce
Young, Martin
Journal Name International Gambling Studies
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1445-9795   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79960222292
Start Page 269
End Page 288
Total Pages 20
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Abstract Mobile populations form an increasingly important part of many communities, yet tend to be neglected by problem gambling prevalence research. We explore relationships between problem gambling and the ways in which mobile subgroups use gambling venues. Adopting a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques, we conduct an exploratory examination of three subgroups - construction workers, 'grey nomads', and 'southerner' tourists on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. The groups displayed substantial differences in venue visitation, gambling behaviour and problem gambling risk. The group with the least discretionary mobility, the construction workers, were most heavily dependent on gambling venues for economic and social relationships. This translated into higher levels of problem gambling risk, which was further mediated by the inter-personal connectedness of individuals. These results suggest that mobility per se does not directly result in higher risk of problem gambling but combines with social isolation to place individuals at risk.
Keywords Construction workers
EGMs
Gambling venues
Mobility
Problem gambling
Sunshine Coast
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2010.531040   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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