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Public Awareness and Practice of Responsible Gambling in Macao
Tong, Kwok-Kit1; Hung, Eva P. W.2; Lei, Caren M. W.1; Wu, Anise M. S.1
2018-12
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GAMBLING STUDIES
ISSN1050-5350
Volume34Issue:4Pages:1261-1280
Abstract

Responsible gambling (RG) is a relatively new concept to the Macao gambling industry. Although recent studies reported a heightened public awareness of RG, the prevalence of disordered gambling is still high. This discrepancy may suggest an existing gap between RG awareness and gambling practices, pinpointing aspects that need to be improved by different RG stakeholders. The gap may be attributable to people's limited knowledge toward practices favoring RG. To explore means for enhancing the RG campaign, we studied Macao residents' interpretation and adoption of RG practices. In Study 1, a random community sample was collected to assess the extent to which common RG practices were adopted. Results suggested that there was a fair proportion of gamblers not adhering to them and gambling disorder tendency was related to the adoption of RG practices. It implied a successful promotion of RG practices may reduce gambling problems. In Study 2, focus group discussions were conducted to explore how RG was conceptualized. Twenty-five participants (including 11 casino employees) took part in four focus group interviews. All participants were aware of RG but their knowledge of RG practices was limited. Very few of them were able to identify major practices such as putting constraints on gambling amount and time and the application for self-exclusion. We argue that future RG promotion needs to be more specific and behavior-oriented and it should also address various procedural concerns on how RG practices can be implemented.

KeywordResponsible Gambling Gambling Behaviors Gambling Disorder Chinese
DOI10.1007/s10899-018-9750-6
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaSubstance Abuse ; Psychology
WOS SubjectSubstance Abuse ; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000447811800010
PublisherSPRINGER
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Affiliation1.Univ Macau, Dept Psychol, Fac Social Sci, Ave Univ, Taipa, Macao, Peoples R China;
2.Hang Seng Management Coll, Dept Social Sci, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Tong, Kwok-Kit,Hung, Eva P. W.,Lei, Caren M. W.,et al. Public Awareness and Practice of Responsible Gambling in Macao[J]. JOURNAL OF GAMBLING STUDIES,2018,34(4):1261-1280.
APA Tong, Kwok-Kit,Hung, Eva P. W.,Lei, Caren M. W.,&Wu, Anise M. S..(2018).Public Awareness and Practice of Responsible Gambling in Macao.JOURNAL OF GAMBLING STUDIES,34(4),1261-1280.
MLA Tong, Kwok-Kit,et al."Public Awareness and Practice of Responsible Gambling in Macao".JOURNAL OF GAMBLING STUDIES 34.4(2018):1261-1280.
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