Journal of Gambling Issues 2021-08-02T14:42:15-07:00 Vivien Rekkas, Ph.D. Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of Gambling Issues (<em>JGI</em>) is the world's first and longest-running online, academic journal dedicated to understanding problem gambling. Due to the increasing convergence of gambling and gaming, <strong>the <em>JGI</em> expanded its scope in 2020 to include problem video gaming and technology use</strong>. </p><p><em>JGI</em> is an open-access, indexed journal with a double blind peer review process that provides a scientific forum for developments in gambling-related research, policy issues, and treatments. <em>JGI</em> is now part of the <em>Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index.</em> We are also indexed in<em> Scopus, Crossref, Elselvier Series, Ebsco, Scimago and PsycInfo, </em>among others.<em> </em></p><p><strong>Publishing Schedule and Fees:</strong> Issues are published triannually, although manuscripts are made publicly available as soon as they have been accepted/typeset on the <em>JGI Online First</em> platform. <em>JGI</em> does not charge any review or publication fees and is fully open access.</p><p>The<em> JGI</em> is published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. </p><p><strong>French Language Announcement: </strong>As of June 1, 2021 the JGI will no longer be accepting French language submissions.</p><p><strong>Journal ISSN (electronic): </strong>1910-7595</p> Alcohol Misuse in a Treatment-Seeking Sample of Pathological Gamblers 2021-08-02T14:29:00-07:00 Emmert Roberts Venetia Leonidaki Zoe Delaney Henrietta Bowden- Jones <p>We aimed to estimate the prevalence of alcohol misuse and examine its relationship<br>with gambling severity and psychological distress in a UK treatment-seeking sample<br>of pathological gamblers. Approximately one in four patients (27.1%) scored X 8 on<br>the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) screening tool indicating<br>alcohol misuse, and one in four (28.1%) reported abstinence. There was no evidence<br>of an association between alcohol misuse and gambling severity or psychological<br>distress level. Compared to the UK general population a significantly higher<br>proportion demonstrated probable alcohol dependence (1.2% vs. 6.3%, p &lt; 0.001).</p> 2021-08-02T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Corporate Digital Responsibility Challenges for Sports Betting Companies 2021-07-29T11:05:23-07:00 Peter Jones Daphne Comfort <p>The emergence and continuing development of digital technologies is disrupting and reshaping traditional business practices throughout the service industries, and the gambling industry is no exception. On the one hand, digital technologies have opened the door to a landscape of new sports betting opportunities. On the other, the introduction of digital technologies brings responsibility challenges for sports betting companies. This policy paper outlines the features of corporate digital responsibility, provides some simple illustrations of digital responsibility issues in sports betting, and offers reflections on how these responsibilities are being discharged.</p> 2021-07-29T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The Ordering of Gambling Severity and Harm Scales: A Cautionary Tale 2021-07-21T07:09:58-07:00 Kate Sollis Patrick Leslie Nicholas Biddle Marisa Paterson <p>Question-order effects are known to occur in surveys, particularly those that measure subjective experiences. The presence of context effects will impact the comparability of results if questions have not been presented in a consistent manner. In this study, we examined the influence of question order on how people responded to two gambling scales in the Australian Capital Territory Gambling Prevalence Survey: The Problem Gambling Severity Index and the Short Gambling Harm Screen. The application of these scales in gambling surveys is continuing to grow, the results being compared across time and between jurisdictions, countries, and populations. Here we outline a survey experiment that randomized the question ordering of these two scales. The results show that question-order effects are present for these scales, demonstrating that results from them may not be comparable across jurisdictions if the scales have not been presented consistently across surveys. These findings highlight the importance of testing for the presence of question-order effects, particularly for those scales that measure subjective experiences, and correcting for such effects where they exist by randomizing scale order.</p> 2021-07-29T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Drivers of Recreational Online Gambling Intentions: A UTAUT 2 Perspective, Enhancements, Results, and Implications 2021-08-02T14:42:15-07:00 Jirka Konietzny Albert Caruana <p>Recreational gambling has become an accepted pursuit, and the advent of the<br>Internet has rendered online gambling ubiquitous. However, the resultant rapid<br>growth in online recreational gambling is not matched by an understanding of<br>the drivers of customers’ intentions to gamble online. While this is potentially a<br>fascinating aspect of consumer behavior, marketing scholars have shied away from<br>giving online gambling much attention. This research seeks a better understanding of<br>the drivers of recreational online gambling intentions among customers by applying<br>the latest version of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Technology—UTAUT 2,<br>to customers in an online gambling context. It also proposes additional hypotheses<br>that account for the role of anticipated enjoyment and perceived fairness. Data are<br>collected from 593 casino customers of an online gambling firm and analyzed using<br>PLS-SEM via Smart PLS. Results show that perceived fairness and anticipated<br>enjoyment are significant drivers of online gambling intention, with perceived<br>fairness being fully mediated by effort expectancy, anticipated enjoyment, and social<br>influence. Shorn of drivers and moderators that are not significant, an online<br>gambling intention model is proposed. Theoretical and managerial implications are<br>discussed, limitations are noted, and areas for further research are suggested.</p> 2021-08-02T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 An Exploratory Study in Gambling Recovery Communities: A Comparison Between ‘‘Pure’’ and Substance-Abusing Gamblers 2021-07-21T07:35:59-07:00 Alessandro Quaglieri Emanuela Mari Pierluigi Cordellieri Elena Paoli Francesca Dimarco Mario Postiglione Giampaolo Nicolasi Tania Fontanella Umberto Guidoni Sandro Vedovi Anna Maria Giannini <p>Most of the available literature has shown that gambling disorder (GD) is often<br />associated with several psychiatric conditions. Comorbidities with mood disorders, impulsiveness, personality traits, and impairments in cognitive function have also been frequently investigated. However, it is currently uncommon to study this disorder in individuals without comorbid substance abuse; therefore, the primary aim of our study was to compare the psychological profile of individuals with GD with and without substance use disorder. A total of 60 participants (100% male), including 20 individuals with GD, 20 substance-dependent gamblers (SDGs), and 20 healthy controls (HCs), were assessed with several clinical measures to investigate impulsivity, hostility, mood, and personality traits, as well as with cognitive tasks (i.e., decision-making tasks). Our results showed differences in both experimental groups compared with the HC group in mood disorders, impulsivity, and hostility traits. The ‘‘pure’’ GD group differed from the SDG group only in characteristics related to mood disorders (e.g., State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Y2, Beck Depression Inventory-II, and assault dimension), whereas greater impairment in decision making processes related to risky choices was shown in the SDG group. This study suggests the importance of studying pure GD to clarify the underlying mechanisms without the neurotoxic effects of the substances. This could provide an important contribution to the treatment and understanding of this complex disorder.</p> 2021-07-29T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Self-Management Strategies for Problem Gambling in the Context of Poverty and Homelessness 2021-07-29T12:14:18-07:00 Flora I Matheson Sarah Hamilton-Wright Arthur McLuhan Jing Shi Jessica L Wiese David T Kryszajtys Nigel E Turner Sara Guilcher <p>Problem gambling and gambling disorder are serious public health issues that disproportionately affect persons experiencing poverty, homelessness, and multimorbidity. Several barriers to service access contribute to low rates of formal treatment-seeking for problem gambling compared with treatments for other addictions. Given these challenges to treatment and care, self-management may be a viable alternative or complement to formal problem gambling interventions. In this study, we described problem gambling self-management strategies among persons experiencing poverty and homelessness. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 19 adults experiencing problem gambling and poverty/homelessness, and employed qualitative content analysis to code and analyze the data thematically. We identified five types of self-management strategies: (1) seeking information on problem gambling, (2) talking about gambling problems, (3) limiting money spent on gambling, (4) avoiding gambling providers, and (5) engaging in alternative activities. Although these strategies are consistent with previous research, the social, financial,housing, and health challenges of persons experiencing poverty and homelessness shaped their self-management experiences and approaches in distinct ways. Approaches to problem gambling treatment should attend to the broader context in which persons experience and attempt to self-manage problem gambling.</p> 2021-07-29T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2021