Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 225–245 | Cite as

Internal and external determinants of persistent gambling: Problems in generalising from one form of gambling to another

  • Mark Dickerson


Recent studies completed at the Australian National University focussing on poker machine players are reviewed and a speculative discussion attempts to link the various psychological processes that may contribute to the development of impaired control in regular poker machine players. On the assumption that there is some overlap between regular players and problem players in terms of their level of involvement in gambling, the theorising was extended to include problem players for whom an established habit was argued to be a necessary condition leading to impaired control. Two additional factors may be required for impaired control to be consistently present, negative emotions such as dysphoria and frustration, and indebtedness. Finally by drawing some limited contrasts with another popular, legal form of gambling, off-course betting, if was suggested that there may be different psychological processes causing impaired control in different forms of gambling.


Negative Emotion Psychological Process Legal Form Speculative Discussion Impaired Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Dickerson
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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of Western Sydney, MacarthurCampbelltownAustralia

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