Responsible Gambling: Primary Stakeholder Perspectives

ISBN : 9780190074562

Howard J. Shaffer; Alexander Blaszczynski; Robert Ladouceur; Davis Fong; Peter Collins
344 ページ
156 x 235 mm
  • The first comprehensive resource on responsible gambling
  • Provides a diversity of expert perspectives from academics, clinicians, gambling operators, public policy-makers, and recovering gamblers
  • Discusses strategies for harm reduction at a time when the gambling industry is beginning to expand rapidly

"Responsible gambling" refers to a range of strategies, initiatives, and activities introduced by gambling regulators, policymakers, and industry operators to reduce gambling-related harms. There is an absence of agreement about the definition of responsible gambling among these parties, and stakeholders' experiences reflect varied and often conflicting positions about the development, implementation, and maintenance of existing responsible gambling programs. Complicating these issues further, there is little empirical evidence supporting the current crop of responsible gambling activities. Consequently, there is a pressing need to bring together key similarities and differences associated with disparate stakeholder groups. 
Responsible GamblingPrimary Stakeholder Perspectives will inform and better ground both current and future debates focused on the topic of responsible gambling and its intended outcomes. Chapters address responsible gambling from the perspective of five groups of complementary stakeholders: scientists/researchers; clinicians; gambling operators; public policy makers/regulators; and recovering gamblers. Contributors address responsible gambling through the lens of the Reno Model, an approach that emphasizes the importance of stakeholders working together and using evidence-based methods to reduce gambling-related harms. Building upon and expanding the Reno Model and addressing conflicts and ethical compromises so that these programs can achieve their intended objectives (reducing the worldwide rate of gambling-related harms), Responsible Gambling will be of value to scientists, clinicians, policy makers, regulators, and industry operators interested in responsible gambling strategies and activities.


Phil Satre 

1. Responsible Gambling and Its Stakeholders: An Overview
Howard J. Shaffer, Alexander Blaszczynski, Robert Ladouceur, Peter Collins, and Davis Fong


2. Should we do away with Responsible Gambling? Perspectives from Research Scientists
Debi A. LaPlante, Heather M. Gray, and Sarah E. Nelson

3. Responsible Gambling: An Academic Perspective
Paul Delfabbro & Daniel King


4. Gambling Expansion and Its Association with Disordered Gambling Trends
Ken C. Winters and Nathan Smith

5. Responsible Gambling: Public Health and Social Justice Considerations to Inform Research, Policy, and Practice
Víctor Ortiz and Haner Hernández

6. Responsible Gambling: A Problem Gambler's Perspective
Jodie Nealley and Amanda Winters

7. Responsible Gambling: Consumer and Reformed Problem Gambler Perspectives
Gabriele Byrne 

8. Are Responsible Gambling Programs Important? More Importantly, Do They Work?
Arnie Wexler and Sheila Wexler 


9. Responsible Gambling: From an International Gambling Industry Stakeholder Perspective
Joachim Haeusler


10. Responsible Gambling: Organizational Perspective
Christine Reilly

11. Responsible Gambling from a Non-profit Perspective
Jamie Wiebe and Jon Kelly


12. The Status of Responsible Gaming: A Massachusetts Perspective
Stephen P. Crosby and Mark Vander Linden

13. A Gambling Lawyer's Perspective on Responsible Gambling
Simon Planzer & Martin Lycka

Peter Collins


Howard Shaffer is the Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of the Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Medical School. His research, writing, and teaching have helped to shape how the healthcare field conceptualizes and treats the full range of addictive behaviors. 

Alex Blaszczynski, Professorial Research Fellow and Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, University of Sydney, has a long history of treating and studying gambling disorders, and principles and policies related to responsible gambling. He is Editor-in-Chief of International Gambling Studies

Robert Ladouceur is Professor Emeritus at Laval University in Quebec City. His books written with Stella Lachance, Overcoming Pathological Gambling (therapist guide and workbook) were published in English by Oxford University Press in 2007, and are now also available in Chinese, Japanese, and Finnish. 

Davis Fong is the Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming as well as a Professor of the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management at the University of Macau. Professor Fong has been responsible for more than 40 gambling and tourism related research projects for Macao SAR Government. 

Professor Peter Collins founded and directed the South African National Responsible Gambling Programme, and was Director for the Centre of the Study of Gambling at Salford University. He is the author of the book Gambling and Public Policy, and has consulted widely for governments and businesses on responsible gambling matters.

Alexander Blaszczynski, PhD
Professorial Research Fellow
Faculty of Science
Brain and Mind Centre
School of Psychology
University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Gabriele Byrne, PhD Candidate
Victoria University
College of Business
Melbourne, Australia

Peter Collins, D Phil
Professor of Public Policy Studies
University of Salford in the United Kingdom
Founder and former director, South African National Responsible Gambling Programme

Stephen P. Crosby
Former Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Independent Consultant
Elected board member, National Council on Problem Gambling and Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

Paul Delfabbro, PhD
Professor, Psychology
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Davis Fong, PhD
Professor of the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management
Director of the Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming
Faculty of Business Administration
University of Macau
Macau, People's Republic of China

Heather M. Gray, PhD
Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Division on Addiction
Cambridge Health Alliance
Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Joachim Haeusler
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Tipico Co. Ltd. 
St. Julians, Malta

Haner Hernández, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI
Independent Consultant
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Jon Kelly, PhD
Chairman, Kelly Inc.; 
Former CEO, Responsible Gambling Council, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Daniel King, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Psychology
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Robert Ladouceur, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Laval University
Quebec, Canada

Debi A. LaPlante, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Martin Lycka, LL.M. 

Director of Regulatory Affairs
GVC Holdings/Ladbrokes Coral
London, United Kingdom

Jodie Nealley, MS
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Sarah E. Nelson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Víctor Ortiz, MSW
Independent Consultant
Boston, Massachusetts USA

Simon Planzer, PhD, MA, Esq.
Partner, Planzer Law
Zurich, Switzerland
Lecturer in Law
University of St. Gallen

Christine Reilly, MA
Senior Research Director
National Center for Responsible Gaming
Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Behavioral Sciences
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry Department 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Distinguished Faculty, Division on Addiction
Cambridge Health Alliance
Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Nathan Smith, ALM
Doctoral Student, Epidemiology
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Mark Vander Linden, MSW
Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Research
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Arnie Wexler
Certified International Gambling Counselor
Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Sheila Wexler
Certified Alcohol and Drug CounselorÂ
Certified International Gambling Counselor
Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Jamie Wiebe
Director, Player Health, British Columbia Lottery Corporation; 
Former Director, Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices, Responsible Gambling Council, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Amanda Winters
Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

Ken C. Winters, PhD
Senior Scientist
Oregon Research Institute (Minnesota branch) 
Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA