Journal article

Prevalence and implications of gambling problems among firefighters

S Cowlishaw, J Little, A Sbisa, AC McFarlane, M Van Hooff, E Lawrence-Wood, M O'Donnell, M Hinton, N Sadler, A Savic, D Forbes, O Metcalf



Firefighting is a high-risk occupation that accounts for vulnerability to a range of mental health problems and addictive behaviours. However, no research has addressed whether this vulnerability extends to gambling problems, and the aim of this study was thus to provide new data on frequency and implications of such problems in this occupational context. The sample consisted of n = 566 career and retained firefighters who participated in a cross-sectional survey of an Australian metropolitan fire service. The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) was used to operationalise both clinically significant levels of problem gambling (PGSI ≥ 5), and 'at-risk' gambling (PGSI 1-4); alongside measur..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for the study design and data collection was provided by a NHMRC Program Grant held in conjunction with UNSW, Flinders University, and University of Melbourne. No funding was provided for the analyses or write-up of this manuscript. The funder had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of the data, writing the manuscript, or the decision to submit the paper for publication.