Study Results

Wave two analysis shows gambling behaviours are not static

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A number of changeable factors were connected to the move into the problem gambler category. The strongest of these were playing the pokies in the past year and playing keno in the past year.

Several factors were associated with an overall increase in risk category (movement up the ladder, from and to any category). These include:

  • Poor general health
  • Poor mental health
  • Past year smoking
  • One-parent families
  • Speaking a language other than English at home
  • Having Year 10 education level of lower
  • Betting weekly or more times on horse, harness or greyhounds
  • Troubles with work, boss or superiors.

The factors found to be associated with an overall decrease in risk (movement down the ladder, from and to any category) include:

  • Life events - death of someone close or marriage
  • Health-related issues - alcohol abuse or past year smoking
  • Some demographics - education and occupation.

While the volume of movement between risk categories shows that problem gambling is not a static event, the stability of a number of problem gamblers points to the possibility that for some people, problem gambling might be a longer term feature in their life.

However, findings in the Wave Two report need to be viewed as only one part of the whole picture. That is to say they refer only to the 12 month follow up surveys between 2008 and 2009 (Wave One to Wave Two).

Another survey later this year and also in 2012 are needed to confirm any trends, associations or observations made.

Read The Victorian Gambling Study: A longitudinal study of gambling and public health - Wave Two Findings.

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Wave Three

Qualitative Component

Wave Two

Baseline Study