GambleAware has a key role to play in supporting and mobilising other partners in the research eco-system to undertake research, and to grow research capability across the field. GambleAware publishes its research to ensure it can be accessed easily and for free by anyone with an interest in the developing evidence base.
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The Patterns of Play report was carried out by researchers from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the University of Liverpool and commissioned by GambleAware to better understand online gambling behaviour in Great Britain.
This report presents the findings of a study conducted in November 2021, which explored the usage of, and reported demand for, treatment and support services among gamblers and those affected by another’s gambling. This is an annual study, previously conducted in November 2020 and October 2019. The research was conducted by YouGov on behalf of GambleAware.
The purpose of this Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) was to help us understand (1) what is known about the drivers of gambling participation and gambling harms among women and (2) what good might look like in terms of support and treatment for women harmed by their own gambling or someone else’s. The REA was conducted in line with Government Social Research guidelines. We identified and screened 89 items in total, of which 14 were excluded mainly on the grounds that they did not focus on women or gendered differences in experience. The report is therefore based on 75 items, most of which are academic articles published in journals that were subject to peer review. Much of the evidence is based on international research.
The existing gambling and gambling harms evidence base tends to focus predominantly on men. Research to date shows that women experience gambling in different ways from men, specifically in relation to the types of gambling they participate in and their motivations for doing so.
The issue of women’s experiences of gambling and gambling harms has generally not received the attention it deserves in terms of research, policy or practice. There are minimal existing women’s gambling harm prevention campaign to build on anywhere in the world.
To fill this gap, GambleAware has developed and launched the first gambling harm prevention campaign targeted at women. Before the campaign launch on 31 January, the following research was carried out:
• A detailed scoping exercise was conducted in 2020, involving a review of published data and research, as well as engagement with a number of subject matter experts.
• Following this, several stages of strategic and creative development research were conducted during 2021 to ensure that the communications developed resonated strongly with women who gamble and women with lived experience of gambling harms.
• To contribute to building the research base, GambleAware has recently invested 250,000 for new research into women’s lived experience of gambling harms with a consortium comprising IFF Research, University of Bristol and the GamCare Women’s Programme.
• Our approach is informed by this ongoing research with an overview of the first phase, a rapid evidence assessment and associated blog post due to be published alongside this research synopsis .
This synopsis summarises some of the key findings and insights that informed the development of the campaign.
GambleAware commissioned the Responsible Gambling Council to carry out a systematic literature review to provide a critical assessment of the current understanding of the effectiveness of treatment interventions and support for gambling harm.
This unique review considered multiple available mediums of remote interventions and support (excluding helplines). It explores international research to identify areas of consensus and best practice, as well as gaps and opportunities for improvement in intervention and support provision, evaluation and research.