A qualitative study of gambling, deprivation and monetary motivations
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AbstractThe link between gambling and deprivation is well recognized both in the UK and internationally; and manipulating perceptions of relative deprivation can encourage people to gamble. The current study sought to learn more about whether individuals who gamble consciously perceive themselves to be motivated by feelings of deprivation, and how this is contextualized alongside monetary factors more broadly. Thematic analysis was conducted on 25 in-depth qualitative interviews with UK residents who gamble regularly; most of whom resided in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. Monetary themes relating to financial circumstances, the meaning and value of money, and the perception of gambling as a way to make money, all had strong relevance for deprivation, though people did not often endorse the idea that relative deprivation was important to them, per se. We conclude that gambling motivations are complex and heterogeneous, and that it is pertinent for prevention and intervention strategies for problem gambling to consider individuals’ financial circumstances and how they perceive them, along with how this intersects with their gambling motives.
CitationLloyd, J., Nicklin, L.L., Rhodes, S.K. and Hurst, G. (2021) A qualitative study of gambling, deprivation and monetary motivations. International Gambling Studies, 21(2), pp.307-325, DOI: 10.1080/14459795.2021.1883093
JournalInternational Gambling Studies
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) in International Gambling Studies on 09/02/2021, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14459795.2021.1883093?src= The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version
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