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A qualitative study of gambling, deprivation and monetary motivations

Lloyd, Joanne, Nicklin, Laura Louise, Rhodes, Stephanie Kate and HURST, Gemma (2021) A qualitative study of gambling, deprivation and monetary motivations. International Gambling Studies. ISSN 1445-9795

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The 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Gambling Studies on 9 February 2021, available online:”
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma HURST
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 16:11
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:01
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