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Gambler self-help strategies: A comprehensive assessment of self-help strategies and actions (2015)

About the study

The study was undertaken by Turning Point and examined self-help strategies for gamblers in Australia.

The researchers employed a literature review; an audit of self-help strategies promoted by gambling-related websites; an analysis of problem gambling online discussion forums; and an analysis of problem gambling online counselling transcripts to provide a comprehensive list of self-help strategies and actions. Following this, the self-help strategies and actions were reviewed for uptake and helpfulness.

Findings suggest that despite a range of strategies and actions being included on multiple websites there are opportunities to further promote these strategies and their level of helpfulness more broadly. Targeted information for particular stages and problem gambling states was also found to be important. Failure to implement promoted strategies may adversely affect self-efficacy and hinder recovery. 

Specific information on implementation challenges and successes on available sources of self-help should be widely available. Stigma reduction programs for problem gambling in terms of promoting help-seeking were flagged as important. The findings reinforce the need to develop and evaluate an accessible self-help gambling program or kit that is tailored to a person's stage of change or problem gambling status or severity.

The findings offer a robust examination of the use and helpfulness of a broad array of self-help strategies and actions across differing gambling populations, together with an exploration of people's experiences in attempting to implement such strategies and actions.  

This study was funded through Gambling Research Australia.

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How to cite this report

Lubman D, Rodda S, Hing N, Cheetham A, Cartmill T, Nuske E, Hodgins D & Cunningham J 2015, Gambler self-help strategies: A comprehensive assessment of self-help strategies and actions. Gambling Research Australia. Melbourne.

Main list of gambling research reports here.​​