Towards a conceptual framework for the prevention of gambling-related harms: Findings from a scoping review

Wheaton, Jamie, Ford, Ben ORCID: 0000-0001-7502-7505, Nairn, Agnes and Collard, Sharon (2024) Towards a conceptual framework for the prevention of gambling-related harms: Findings from a scoping review. PLoS ONE, 19 (3). e0298005. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0298005

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The global gambling sector has grown significantly over recent years due to liberal deregulation and digital transformation. Likewise, concerns around gambling-related harms—experienced by individuals, their families, their local communities or societies—have also developed, with growing calls that they should be addressed by a public health approach. A public health approach towards gambling-related harms requires a multifaceted strategy, comprising initiatives promoting health protection, harm minimization and health surveillance across different strata of society. However, there is little research exploring how a public health approach to gambling-related harms can learn from similar approaches to other potentially harmful but legal sectors such as the alcohol sector, the tobacco sector, and the high in fat, salt and sugar product sector. Therefore, this paper presents a conceptual framework that was developed following a scoping review of public health approaches towards the above sectors. Specifically, we synthesize strategies from each sector to develop an overarching set of public health goals and strategies which—when interlinked and incorporated with a socio-ecological model—can be deployed by a range of stakeholders, including academics and treatment providers, to minimise gambling-related harms. We demonstrate the significance of the conceptual framework by highlighting its use in mapping initiatives as well as unifying stakeholders towards the minimization of gambling-related harms, and the protection of communities and societies alike.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gambling-related harms, prevention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ben Ford
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 14:43
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 13:45

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