The effect of loss-limit reminders on gambling behavior: A real-world study of Norwegian gamblers

Auer, Michael and Hopfgartner, Niklas and Griffiths, Mark D. (2018) The effect of loss-limit reminders on gambling behavior: A real-world study of Norwegian gamblers. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7 (4). pp. 1056-1067. ISSN 2062-5871 (print); 2063-5303 (online)

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Background: Over the past two decades, problem gambling has become a public health issue and research from many countries indicates that a small but significant minority of individuals are problem gamblers. In Norway, the prevalence of problem gambling among adults is estimated to be just less than 1%. To help minimize the harm from gambling, the Norwegian government’s gambling operator (Norsk Tipping) has introduced several responsible gambling initiatives to help protect players from developing gambling problems (e.g., limit-setting tools, voluntary self-exclusion, personalized feedback, etc.). Aim: The aim of this study was to determine whether the receiving of personalized feedback exceeding 80% of a personally set monetary personal limit had an effect on subsequent playing behavior compared to those gamblers who did not receive personalized feedback. Methods: Out of 54,002 players, a total of 7,884 players (14.5%) received at least one piece of feedback that they had exceeded 80% of their personal global monthly loss limit between January and March 2017. Results: Using a matched-pairs design, results showed that those gamblers receiving personalized feedback in relation to limit-setting showed significant reductions in the amount of money gambled. Conclusion: The findings of this study will be of great value to many stakeholder groups including researchers in the gambling studies field, the gambling industry, regulators, and policymakers.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Violetta Baliga
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2019 14:44
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2019 14:44

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