Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 161–178 | Cite as

Estimating the extent and degree of Gambling related problems in the Australian population: A national survey

  • Mark G. Dickerson
  • Ellen Baron
  • Sung -Mook Hong
  • David Cottrell


A stratified random doorknock method was used to interview 2744 respondents in four state capitals in Australia. The interview was in 3 parts with the latter two only administered to regular, once per week or more often gamblers (N=290). The measures completed by this group included the South Oaks Gambling Screen and a range of psychological measures. A conservative interpretation of the results was that “problem gamblers,” defined in terms of a range of personal and interpersonal gambling-related costs, comprised 1.16% (±0.34%) of the Australian population. It was estimated that problem players’ losses may account for about one quarter of all expenditures on gambling.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark G. Dickerson
    • 1
  • Ellen Baron
    • 1
  • Sung -Mook Hong
    • 1
  • David Cottrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Australian Institute for Gambling ResearchUniversity of Western SydneyMacarthur

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