Responding to and Reducing Gambling Problems Studies (REGAPS)

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Responding to and Reducing Gambling Problems Studies (REGAPS)

Project description

During the last decades, gambling excessively for money has been increasingly recognized as a problem (often referred to as "problem gambling", “gambling disorder” or "pathological gambling") in most parts of the world, especially in countries where the opportunities to gamble have expanded on the internet. At the same time, the ability to control domestic gambling through legislation, tax rules and other measures has decreased. With growing availability, there has also been an increasing need to understand the ensuing individual and social impacts of gambling.

This program offers an overall coverage of topics of immediate interest in Swedish gambling research today, based on five different work packages.

WP 1: Experiences, formation of and obstacles for help-seeking in the case of gambling problems

This work package looks at the societal handling of problematic gamblers, in terms of how problems are defined or identified by the gambler or those around him or her, how caregiving personnel and agencies respond to cases, and how treatment provision affects and fits into the life-trajectory of problematic gamblers.

WP 2: Measurement: screening, problem characterization and treatment follow-up

This work package develops and tests appropriate instruments for use in Sweden in measuring aspects of gambling behavior, problems and dependence relevant to clinical application and in measuring outcomes. It also tests whether heavy use over time may better measure gambling disorders and may serve as a valid instrument for measuring gambling problems.

WP 3: Problem gambling and psychiatric comorbidity – a matter of gender and socio-demographic status

Problem gamblers often have multiple problems, including alcohol use disorders and other psychiatric conditions. This work package uses a variety of datasets to disentangle overlaps and time-ordering between problem gambling and other disorders, and to demographically locate particular combinations in the population. Apart from contributing to our understanding of the course of gambling and other problems, the results will help guide clinical responses to particular combinations of problems.

WP 4: Policy development and impact

Drawing on the developing international literature of studies of the effects of changes in gambling regulation, this work package conducts policy impact studies as and when Swedish gambling policies change. WP4 also provides evidence for consumer protection measures and develops recommendations for their implementation and evaluation.

WP 5: International comparisons and cooperation

In cooperation with international researchers and groups, this work package sets Swedish developments in conceptualization, measurement, treatment, policy development and implementation in a comparative cross-national frame, and brings the fresh insights from these comparisons to bear on Swedish research and policy advice.

Responding to and Reducing Gambling Problems Studies (REGAPS)

Basic information

Project leader:
Jenny Cisneros Örnberg
Project members:
Kristina Sundqvist, Eva Samuelsson, Peter Wennberg, Jukka Törrönen, Robin Room, Ludwig Kraus, Anne H. Berman, Per Binde, Ingeborg Rossow, Rachel Volberg, David Forsström, Johan Svensson, Jessika Spångberg, Olof Molander and Katya Gonzalez Diaz.
Project time: 
2017–2022
Funding: 
Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (Forte).
Dnr 2016-07091

REGAPS Publications