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Play It Safe : Our Research Project

Research Project - Gambling problem identification in health care

Although there has been lively debate in recent years about problem gambling, research into problem gambling and the provision of care for those with a gambling dependency have been neglected. If we are to play our part in dealing with problem gaming, we first need to understand more about it and develop functioning relationships with partners in healthcare.

That is why, as part of our commitment to responsible gaming, Paf chose to initiate and finance the GAPRO CARE Åland (Gambling Problem Care) research project focusing on gambling problems and gambling addiction. The project began on 1 August 2008 and was completed in September 2010. The result is presented in "GAPRO CARE-project; Gambling prevention, Gambling problems and Care Policy programme".

One spin-off, thanks to our involvement in the GAPRO CARE project, is our unique insurance.

The project’s main aims were:

  1. To investigate health care professionals’ competence to identify people with gambling problems during health care consultations.
  2. To develop policy programmes to help individuals increase their awareness of their own gambling problems and improve their ability to control their gambling habits.

The project was led by Dr. Barbro Gustafsson, based part time at the Åland University of Applied Sciences during the project. The research project, which made use of both interviews and questionnaires, was carried out in Finland, Sweden and on Åland.

The research led to findings such as:

  • Healthcare staff do not identify gambling problems in healthcare consultations due to a lack of professional competence in this area.
  • Self-esteem and self-deception are two central factors in the development of gambling problems.
  • Gambling problems involve periods of gambling addiction, which are the foundation for gambling dependency.
  • The serious negative consequences from gambling can be a turning point for change.

In addition to these findings, the GAPRO CARE Åland project has resulted in the development of a policy programme to help those with gambling problems. The results of this research project and other research funded by Paf will be made use of in our responsible gaming work and will help to ensure that our customers who develop gambling problems receive good care.

For more information, please contact Daniela Johansson, Responsible Gaming Manager.