Gambling risk and protective factors among community and clinical samples in Singapore

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Abstract

Objectives: Problem Gambling (PG) has been linked to several socio-cognitive risk and protective factors; However, knowledge on their impact on problem gamblers in Asia remains limited. This study compares gambling risk and protective factors between clinical problem gamblers and community individuals in Singapore. Methods: Data on gambling risk and protective factors, and PG severity were collected from 150 clinical problem gamblers and 150 community individuals through paper surveys. Results: Clinical problem gamblers scored significantly higher in PG severity, gambling-related negative thoughts and urge and psychological distress, and scored significantly lower in gambling refusal self-efficacy, hope, resilience and life satisfaction, than community participants. There were also more significant relationships between risk and protective factors among clinical than community participants. Conclusion: Gambling-related protective factors are relevant to clinical problem gamblers in the Singapore context, which could be further leveraged upon to inform and refine existing PG rehabilitation efforts.

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Sivagnanam, P., Tian Po, O., … Wei, L. W. (2018). Gambling risk and protective factors among community and clinical samples in Singapore. Journal of Addiction and Recovery, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.33582/2637-4528/1008

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