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Harris, Andrew; Griffiths, Mark D. (2017)
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal: Journal of Gambling Studies
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Behavioural tracking, Responsible gambling, Review Paper, Harm-minimisation tools, Sociology and Political Science, Limit-setting, Pop-up messaging, Psychology(all), Breaks in play
The increasing sophistication of gambling products afforded by electronic tech- nologies facilitates increased accessibility to gambling, as well as encouraging rapid and continuous play. This poses several challenges from a responsible gambling perspective, in terms of facilitating player self-awareness and self-control. The same technological advancements in gambling that may facilitate a loss of control may also be used to provide responsible gambling tools and solutions to reduce gambling-related harm. Indeed, several harm-minimisation strategies have been devised that aim to facilitate self-awareness and self- control within a gambling session. Such strategies include the use of breaks in play, 'pop-up' messaging, limit setting, and behavioural tracking. The present paper reviews the theoretical argument underpinning the application of specific harm-minimisation tools, as well as pro- viding one of the first critical reviews of the empirical research assessing their efficacy, in terms of influencing gambling cognitions and behaviour.
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