Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Christophe Druine
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jakob Linnet
    Pages 17-35
  4. Stella Laansoo, Toomas Niit
    Pages 37-52
  5. Tapio Jaakkola
    Pages 53-70
  6. Marc Valleur
    Pages 71-84
  7. Gerhard Meyer, Tobias Hayer
    Pages 85-101
  8. Mark Griffiths
    Pages 103-121
  9. Zsolt Demetrovics
    Pages 123-136
  10. Daniel Thor Olason, Sigurdur J. Gretarsson
    Pages 137-151
  11. Mauro Croce, Gioacchino Lavanco, Loredana Varveri, Maurizio Fiasco
    Pages 153-171
  12. Norbertas Skokauskas
    Pages 173-188
  13. Anna E. Goudriaan, Dick de Bruin, Maarten W.J. Koeter
    Pages 189-207
  14. K. Gunnar Götestam, Agneta Johansson
    Pages 209-218
  15. Bartłomiej Dzik
    Pages 219-227
  16. Viorel Lupu
    Pages 229-241
  17. Sergei Tsytsarev, Yakov Gilinsky
    Pages 243-256
  18. Hroznata Živný, Lubomír Okruhlica
    Pages 257-264
  19. Mirna Macur, Matej Makarovič, Borut Rončevič
    Pages 265-279
  20. Elisardo Becoña
    Pages 281-298
  21. Jakob Jonsson, Sten Rönnberg
    Pages 299-315
  22. Jörg Häfeli
    Pages 317-326
  23. Back Matter
    Pages 327-335

About this book


Problem Gambling in Europe

Challenges, Prevention, and Interventions

Edited by Gerhard Meyer, University of Bremen, Germany

Tobias Hayer, University of Bremen, Germany

Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom


As a leisure activity, gambling dates back to ancient times. More recently, the surge in avenues for gambling—casinos, sports betting, lotteries, and remote media (e.g.,Internet, mobile phone, interactive television) among them—finds growing numbers of people losing control over their gambling behaviour, usually at great personal and financial expense. Problem Gambling in Europe is the first book to offer a robust international knowledge base compiled by an interdisciplinary panel of researchers in gambling behaviour.

Reports from 21 countries throughout Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Europe reveal wide variations in types of wagering activities, participation by populations, social and criminal consequences related to pathological gambling, the extent to which governments acknowledge the problem, and efforts to control it (often with the involvement of the gaming industries). For each country, noted experts discuss:

  • Current legislation regulating gambling.
  • Forms of gambling and their addictive potential.
  • Participation rates and demographics.
  • Prevalence of pathological gambling.
  • National policies to address problem gambling.
  • Prevention strategies and treatment methods.

Problem Gambling in Europe brings insight and clarity to a widespread and complex phenomenon, and will be of considerable interest to all parties working to reduce their negative effects: social science researchers in addictions, gambling behaviour, and public health; clinical, social, and health psychologists and psychiatrists; treatment practitioners; the gaming industry; regulators; and policy makers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Griffiths
  • Tobias Hayer
  • Gerhard Meyer

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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-09485-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-09486-1
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