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Games without frontiers? Exploring gambling and gaming behaviours among youth

Games without frontiers? Exploring gambling and gaming behaviours among youth

Raschkowan Lecture Series: Gambling in the Digital Age

Presenter: Dr. Heather Wardle

Talk Title: Games without frontiers? Exploring gambling and gaming behaviours among youth

Abstract

Great Britain has one of the most liberal gambling environments in the world. Emerging Adults (those aged 18-24) are a cohort of young people growing up in an environment where gambling advertising, marketing and widespread availability are the norm. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic generated unprecedented disruptions to daily life, especially among young adults who should have been embarking on major life transitions. Using data from the Emerging Adults Gambling Survey, a longitudinal survey of young people in Britain, this paper will explore how gambling patterns have changed, how gambling and gaming are increasingly combined and the risks associated with this and draw implications for future policy directions – both national and international, as other countries seek to learn lessons from the British experience.  

Speaker Bio

Heather Wardle is a Reader in Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She focuses on exploring gambling policy and practice, with particular emphasis on youth. She is the Principal Investigator of the Emerging Adults Gambling Survey and has recently published her first book looking at the intersection between gambling and games: Games without Frontier? Socio-historical perspectives at the gaming/gambling intersection. She is Co-Chair of the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling, member of the WHO panel on gambling and was Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling between 2015 and 2020.

The Raschkowan webinar series is free to attend, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, see www.ncpgambling.org/Raschkowan

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