Gambling Problems in UK Armed Forces Veterans: Preliminary Findings

Roberts, Elystan and Dighton, Glen and Fossey, Matt and Hogan, Lee and Kitchener, Neil and Rogers, Robert and Dymond, Simon (2017) Gambling Problems in UK Armed Forces Veterans: Preliminary Findings. Project Report. Forces in Mind Trust.

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Abstract

Executive summary • International evidence shows elevated rates of problem gambling in former members of the Armed Forces (i.e., veterans). • To date, no research has investigated gambling problems in United Kingdom Armed Forces veterans. • We analysed an existing large dataset, the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. • Post-national service Armed Forces veterans were compared with matched controls on gambling problems, mental health, substance abuse, and financial management. • Armed Forces veterans were more than eight times more likely than nonveterans to exhibit problem gambling. • Male veterans were more likely than male non-veterans to have ever experienced a traumatic event. • The difference in problem gambling between veterans and non-veterans was not explained by prior differences in mental health, substance abuse, or financial management problems. • In conclusion, UK Armed Forces veterans are more likely than non-veterans to experience gambling problems and these problems are not explained by prior mental health, addiction or debt and money worries. • Given the preliminary nature of the findings, further research on the nature and extent of gambling problems in current and former members of the UK Armed Forces is needed.

Item Type: Research Report or Working Paper (Project Report)
Keywords: Gambling, Veterans, Epidemiological
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email matt.fossey@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 08:22
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 08:22
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701929

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