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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 105–121 | Cite as

Problem gambling and policy advice: The mutability and relative effects of structural, associational and attitudinal variables

  • Joseph Hraba
  • Gang Lee
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Abstract

Research on gambling has the double mandate of public service and the advancement of science. This paper is meant to carry forward that mandate. Latent in research on the causes of problem gambling is the policy insight that these causes represent different types of phenomena and are unequally mutable to practitioners' efforts to prevent and/or treat problem gambling. By making the issue of mutability manifest in research, findings from research would have more policy relevance and practical import. Data from a 1989 Iowa survey on lottery play and problem gambling are analyzed to illustrate this point. 1,226 respondents were contacted by phone and phone interviews were completed with 1,011 of these 1,226 eligible respondents. With multiple regression, we assessed the contributions of mutable and immutable variables to the explained variance in problem gambling. The results show mutable correlates explain enough variance in problem gambling to recommend their consideration in treatment/prevention. The results also suggest a social as well as a psychological etiology to problem gambling. Future research should, however, do a more complete comparison of social and psychological causes of problem gambling.

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Relative Effect Public Service Problem Gambling Phone Interview Policy Relevance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Hraba
    • 1
  • Gang Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyIowa State UniversityAmes

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