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The Evolution of Gambling-Related Harm Measurement: Lessons from the Last Decade

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Bundaberg 4670, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4395; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094395
Received: 30 March 2021 / Revised: 19 April 2021 / Accepted: 19 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
Jurisdictions around the world have a self-declared mandate to reduce gambling-related harm. However, historically, this concept has suffered from poor conceptualisation and operationalisation. However, recent years have seen swift advances in measuring gambling harm, based on the principle of it being a quantifiable decrement to the health and wellbeing of the gambler and those connected to them. This review takes stock of the background and recent developments in harm assessment and summarises recent research that has validated and applied the Short Gambling Harms Screen and related instruments. We recommend that future work builds upon the considerable psychometric evidence accumulated for the feasibility of direct elicitation of harmful consequences. We also advocate for grounding harms measures with respect to scalar changes to public health utility metrics. Such an approach will avoid misleading pseudo-clinical categorisations, provide accurate population-level summaries of where the burden of harm is carried, and serve to integrate gambling research with the broader field of public health. View Full-Text
Keywords: gambling; measurement; public health; gambling harm; problem gambling gambling; measurement; public health; gambling harm; problem gambling
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Browne, M.; Rawat, V.; Tulloch, C.; Murray-Boyle, C.; Rockloff, M. The Evolution of Gambling-Related Harm Measurement: Lessons from the Last Decade. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4395. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094395

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Browne M, Rawat V, Tulloch C, Murray-Boyle C, Rockloff M. The Evolution of Gambling-Related Harm Measurement: Lessons from the Last Decade. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4395. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094395

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Browne, Matthew, Vijay Rawat, Catherine Tulloch, Cailem Murray-Boyle, and Matthew Rockloff. 2021. "The Evolution of Gambling-Related Harm Measurement: Lessons from the Last Decade" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4395. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094395

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