Journal article

Gambling in Canada During the COVID Lockdown: Prospective National Survey.

Carrie A Shaw, David C Hodgins, Robert J Williams, Yale D Belanger, Darren R Christensen, Nady El-Guebaly, Daniel S McGrath, Fiona Nicoll, Garry J Smith, Rhys MG Stevens

J Gambl Stud | Published : 2021

Abstract

The current study investigated the impact of the COVID pandemic lockdown on gambling and problem gambling in Canada. The AGRI National Project's online panel participants (N = 3449) provided baseline gambling data 6 months prior to the pandemic. Re-surveying this sample during the lockdown provided an opportunity to make quantitative comparisons of the changes. Nearly one-third of gamblers reported ceasing gambling altogether during the lockdown. For the continuing gamblers, quantitative data indicated significant decreases in gambling frequency, time spent in gambling sessions, money spent, and the number of game types played. Qualitative perceptions of changes in gambling were examined and..

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