student profile: Miss Brittany Keen


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Early prevention of gambling problems

Supervisors: Alex BLASZCZYNSKI , Fadi ANJOUL

Thesis abstract:

Misconceptions about how poker machines work play a primary role in the development of gambling problems. Young people are particularly vulnerable to misinformation about gambling, thus prevention programs should aim to teach young people about the unprofitability of gaming machines to prevent later problems. Current programs promote awareness of consequences, however do little to explain how gambling problems develop. This research aims to test the effectiveness of a brief animation explaining key concepts of gaming machines, how they operate, why they are unprofitable in the long term, and how people can develop related misconceptions. The intervention will be trialled in an adolescent population in NSW schools, and compared to a traditional risk-awareness approach, as well as an information-only approach. The same three interventions will also be trialled with real-life young gaming machine players in NSW clubs. It is expected that those in the experimental group will have fewer misconceptions about gaming machines than those in the risk-awareness or information-only group post-intervention and at six-month follow-ups.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Pickering, D., Keen, B., Entwistle, G., Blaszczynski, A. (2017). Measuring treatment outcomes in gambling disorders: a systematic review. Addiction. [More Information]

2017

  • Pickering, D., Keen, B., Entwistle, G., Blaszczynski, A. (2017). Measuring treatment outcomes in gambling disorders: a systematic review. Addiction. [More Information]

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