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McCormack, Abby; Griffiths, Mark D. – International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2012
To date, there has been very little empirical research examining why people gamble online or--just as importantly--why they do not gamble online. A grounded theory study examining the motivating and inhibiting factors in online gambling was carried out. The sample comprised 15 online gamblers, 14 offline gamblers, and 11 non-gamblers, and resulted…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Internet, Motivation, Barriers
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Cole, Tom; Barrett, Douglas J. K.; Griffiths, Mark D. – International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2011
To date, there has been relatively little research on Internet gambling. Furthermore, there have been few studies comparing the behaviour of Internet gamblers versus non-Internet gamblers. Using the game of roulette, this study experimentally examined (a) the differences in gambling behaviour between online and offline gamblers, and (b) the role…
Descriptors: Addictive Behavior, Internet, Comparative Analysis, Differences
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Karlsen, Faltin – International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2011
While massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft are often accused of leading to excessive and harmful playing, the only gaming activity that is internationally recognized as a pathological disorder is excessive gambling. The present article seeks to establish empirical data on potential harmful online gaming through a…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Role Playing, Internet, Video Games
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Griffiths, Mark; Wardle, Heather; Orford, Jim; Sproston, Kerry; Erens, Bob – International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2011
This study provides analysis of a representative national sample of Internet gamblers. Using participant data from the 2007 British Gambling Prevalence Survey (n = 9003 adults aged 16 years and over), all participants who had gambled online, bet online, and/or who had used a betting exchange in the last 12 months (6% of the total sample) were…
Descriptors: Smoking, Incidence, Health, Drinking
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Spenwyn, Jenny; Barrett, Doug J. K.; Griffiths, Mark D. – International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2010
Empirical research examining the situational characteristics of gambling and their effect on gambling behaviour is limited but growing. This experimental pilot investigation reports the first ever empirical study into the combined effects of both music and light on gambling behaviour. While playing an online version of roulette, 56 participants…
Descriptors: Music, Lighting, Addictive Behavior, Games