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Understanding gambling

Impacts and social networks across the lifecourse (phase 2)

Researchers: Jane Kerr
Published: July 2013


This research increases our understanding of gambling and problem gambling by focusing on the social and environmental influences that drive behaviour change across a lifetime.

Findings will provide a sound basis for policy formulation and service provision.


You can read a briefing paper on our website, or download the full report from the ESRC website, where you can also download journal and book articles published as a result of this research.  

The University of Glasgow, who are leading this project, have also set up their own web page.


This is the second phase of a study that builds on existing data and findings from a three year qualitative longitudinal study into the sociological determinants of gambling behaviour. It is being led by Professor Gerda Reith, Principal Investigator at University of Glasgow and ScotCen.


We carried out interviews with 29 members of the phase one cohort of gamblers. We also conducted in-depth interviews with 15 people from the gamblers' family and social networks.