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Publication Detail
Predictors and patterns of gambling behaviour across the COVID-19 lockdown: Findings from a UK cohort study
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Authors:
    Fluharty M, Paul E, Fancourt D
  • Publication date:
    01/02/2022
  • Pagination:
    1, 8
  • Journal:
    Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Volume:
    298
  • Issue:
    Pt A
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    Netherlands
  • PII:
    S0165-0327(21)01199-X
  • Language:
    English
  • Keywords:
    COVID-19, Coping, Gambling, Lockdown, Risk behaviours
  • Notes:
    © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Abstract
The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy has raised concerns about negative coping behaviours to offset financial losses. We used a subset of a longitudinal study of UK adults (N = 19,963) to examine a range of predictors of (i) gambling during the first strict lockdown, (ii) gambling more frequently during this strict lockdown compared to before lockdown, and (iii) continued increased frequency of gambling during the relaxation of restrictions. Results from logistic regressions indicated that amongst other factors, those with progressively lower levels of education, were stressed due to boredom, frequently drank alcohol, and had high risk-taking tendencies were more likely to gamble during strict lockdown. Individuals who were more likely to have increased their frequency of gambling during strict lockdown compared to before the lockdown were stressed by boredom, employed, frequently drank alcohol, and had depression and anxiety, whilst men and current smokers were less likely. As lockdown restrictions eased, individuals of ethnic minority backgrounds, who were current smokers, and with lower educational attainment were more likely to continue gambling more than usual. Findings contribute to knowledge of who is most at risk for increasing their gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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