GambleAware launches second analysis of problem gambling treatment

The UK’s responsible gambling charity GambleAware has commissioned its second annual analysis of problem gambling treatment.

GambleAware, the UK’s responsible gambling charity, has commissioned the second annual GB Treatment and Support Demand Survey to analyse the barriers and demand for treatment for gambling harms.

The Treatment and Support Demand Survey

The charity’s survey will be conducted by YouGov and will run alongside three other surveys, each using posing identical questions on gambling behaviours and harms as well as barriers and facilitators to accessing support and treatment services.

The survey will use a sample of 18,000 respondents, up from the 12,000 used last year, to allow for better comparisons when it comes to the differences between geographical areas at a smaller scale and to include a larger number of ethnic minority communities.

GambleAware explained that the survey will cover findings by key demographics including age, ethnicity, gender and geographical locations. This will allow the charity to highlight key differences among certain groups of people.

In addition to the YouGov survey, GambleAware has also commissioned Yonda to run an additional quota survey as well as NatCen and Kantar to carry out a random probability survey.

The charity aims to compare the responses from each survey to see how certain methodologies provide different estimates.

GambleAware said this will allow for a greater understanding of how to most effectively gauge the shape and size of gambling arms across the country.

The results from the surveys are expected to be released in spring 2021.

GambleAware trying to fill knowledge gaps

The news of GambleAware’s new research comes after the charity revealed last month that the multi-level setup of its treatment and support system led to significant gaps in knowledge, while its organic growth resulted in the lack of a defined strategy.

A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University found that the multi-level nature of the treatment system meant that not all of the components have a direct connection with each other.

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