Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 537–546

Prevalence of Gambling Problems Among the Clients of a Toronto Homeless Shelter

Authors

    • Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s Hospital
    • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
    • Dalla Lana School of Public HealthUniversity of Toronto
    • Centre for Research on Inner City HealthSt. Michael’s Hospital
  • Kimberly Devotta
    • Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s Hospital
  • Aklilu Wendaferew
    • Good Shepherd Ministries
  • Cheryl Pedersen
    • Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s Hospital
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10899-014-9452-7

Cite this article as:
Matheson, F.I., Devotta, K., Wendaferew, A. et al. J Gambl Stud (2014) 30: 537. doi:10.1007/s10899-014-9452-7

Abstract

Few studies have examined the prevalence of problem and pathological gambling among clients of homeless service agencies. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of problem gambling among these clients. We collected primary data on gambling using the NORC diagnostic screen for disorders. Using a modified time-location recruitment approach 264 clients of a community homeless service agency were screened for lifetime gambling problems. Descriptive statistics were produced using SPSSX. The prevalence of lifetime problem gambling was 10 % and that of pathological gambling was 25 % in this sample. The prevalence of lifetime problem and pathological gambling was alarmingly high relative to the general population lifetime prevalence. Better insight into interventions for gambling that might reduce risk of homelessness will help service agencies gauge the needs of their clients and to implement change to service delivery and screening practices.

Keywords

GamblingHomelessnessCommunity servicesNODSNODS-CLiPShelter

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