Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 181–185 | Cite as

Awareness Promotion About Excessive Gambling Among Video Lottery Retailers

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Claude Boutin
  • Céline Doucet
  • Michel Dumont
  • Martin Provencher
  • Isabelle Giroux
  • Christiane Boucher
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Abstract

This paper describes and evaluates “As luck would have it,” an awareness program completed by retailers in Quebec Province. This program, which is presented as a two-hour awareness promotion workshop, aimed to inform retailers about excessive gambling. More specifically, it provided answers to the following questions: (1) What is chance and randomness? (2) Is there a link between misunderstanding the concept of chance and excessive gambling? (3) How does one recognise the symptoms of this disorder? (4) How should retailers intervene if they decide to do so? Results showed that retailers developed a better understanding of problem gambling, could recognise its main symptoms, felt more capable of coping with excessive gamblers, and of choosing the most appropriate moment to do so. In the follow-up phase, retailers who had attended the workshop reported that they approached a problem gambler significantly more often than the retailers who had not attended the workshop, and had discussed how to help problem gamblers significantly more often. The practical implications of these results are briefly discussed.

training retailers prevention responsible gambling 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Claude Boutin
    • 2
  • Céline Doucet
    • 2
  • Michel Dumont
    • 2
  • Martin Provencher
    • 2
  • Isabelle Giroux
    • 2
  • Christiane Boucher
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecole de PsychologieUniversite LavalSte-FoyCanada
  2. 2.Laval UniversityCanada
  3. 3.Société des Loteries Vidéo du QuébecCanada

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