A Normative Feedback Intervention on Gambling Behavior—A Longitudinal Study of Post-Intervention Gambling Practices in At-Risk Gamblers

Jonas Berge, Tove Abrahamsson, Axel Lyckberg, Katja Franklin, Anders Håkansson

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Abstract

Background: In problem gambling, normative personalized feedback interventions have demonstrated promising effects. Given the widespread increase in online gambling in recent years, internet-delivered normative feedback may serve as a promising intervention. This study aimed to examine whether such an intervention, delivered by a gambling operator and aiming to help problem gamblers decrease their gambling, may in fact be associated with lower gambling practices post-intervention. Methods: Online questions on norms and beliefs about one's own and peers' gambling habits, derived from the Gambling Quantity and Perceived Norms Scale, were followed by personalized feedback, delivered online by the Swedish state-owned gambling operator. A total of 1,453 gamblers consented to participate in a pre-post measure of wagering levels. Results: Wagering decreased significantly post-intervention (28 days) compared to pre-intervention (28 days prior). The decrease was significantly more pronounced in younger and online casino gamblers. In an 84-day follow-up, the decrease remained significant, although less pronounced. Conclusions: An online normative intervention delivered by a state-owned gambling operator, addressing norms and beliefs about gambling levels, may lower risky gambling in the short term. Implications and further research needs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number602846
JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 31

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychiatry

Keywords

  • behavioral feedback
  • gambling disorder
  • motivational intervention
  • normative feedback
  • online gambling
  • problem gambling

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