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Perspective of Internet Poker Players on Harm-Reduction Strategies: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Faculty of Psychology, Kazimierz Wielki University, 85-867 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospital, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
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Institute of Global Health, Geneva University, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Lausanne University Hospital, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Faculty of Biology and Medicine, Lausanne University, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, CP 8888, Canada
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Institute for Social Management, Social Policy and Prevention, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 6002 Lucerne, Switzerland
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Research Center, Montreal University Institute of Mental Health, Montreal, QC H3C 3P8, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 9054; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239054
Received: 27 August 2020 / Revised: 23 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 4 December 2020
Background: Internet gambling may increase rates of gambling harm. This current study aimed to assess Internet poker players’ views on various harm-reduction (HR) strategies. It also examined differences in these views according to the games played (poker only vs. poker plus other gambling activities), indebtedness, and problem gambling severity. Methods: Internet poker players (n = 311; 94.2% Male) recruited online between 2012 and 2014 were included in the analyses and completed a survey on indebtedness, problem gambling severity index, and ten statements regarding HR features. Results: Among the whole sample, the most frequently endorsed HR strategy was setting money limits, specialized online help, and peer support forums. People who play poker only (70%) are less prone to endorse the utility of information on excessive gambling and specialized healthcare centers. No differences were found between those people with debt versus those without regarding HR assessment. Participants with severe problem gambling were more skeptical about HR strategies based on information on specialized healthcare centers. Conclusion: Setting money limits, online help, and peer support forums are the most commonly endorsed strategies. Future research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of online harm reduction strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: online gambling; prevention strategies; responsible gambling; harm reduction; Internet gamblers; poker online gambling; prevention strategies; responsible gambling; harm reduction; Internet gamblers; poker
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Michalska, P.; Chatton, A.; Penzenstadler, L.; Izdebski, P.; Jeannot, E.; Simon, O.; Dufour, M.; Rochat, L.; Lischer, S.; Khazaal, Y. Perspective of Internet Poker Players on Harm-Reduction Strategies: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9054. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239054

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Michalska P, Chatton A, Penzenstadler L, Izdebski P, Jeannot E, Simon O, Dufour M, Rochat L, Lischer S, Khazaal Y. Perspective of Internet Poker Players on Harm-Reduction Strategies: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):9054. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239054

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Michalska, Patrycja, Anne Chatton, Louise Penzenstadler, Paweł Izdebski, Emilien Jeannot, Olivier Simon, Magali Dufour, Lucien Rochat, Suzanne Lischer, and Yasser Khazaal. 2020. "Perspective of Internet Poker Players on Harm-Reduction Strategies: A Cross-Sectional Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 9054. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239054

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