A Daily Diary Investigation of Self-Regulation in Gambling


Investigators Dr. Sunghwan Yi, University of Guelph
Dr. Abby Goldstein, University of Toronto
Dr. Hai Luo, University of Manitoba
Research Priority Explore the utility and effectiveness of pre-commitment strategies and feedback tools in helping players maintain control over their gambling.  
Funding Small Grant  ($49,944)
Project Status Completed


Project Summary

Although it is common for people to set gambling limits, these limits are not always respected in the heat of the moment. This violation of a pre-set gambling limit is often referred to as a self-regulation failure. Indeed, self-regulation is an essential skill for maintaining healthy gambling behaviour by enabling individuals to set reasonable standards for their gambling and then track their actions in relation to these set goals. Previous studies have examined self-regulation strategies among problem vs. low risk gamblers and failures to stick to predetermined limits. However, there are no studies that have examined the effectiveness of various self-regulation strategies for limiting gambling or identified factors that contribute to the success or failure of these strategies. Understanding factors that undermine self-regulation attempts is essential for promoting the use of limit-setting strategies that prevent individuals from moving from low- to high-risk gambling through the use of strategies to enhance self-regulation. Using web-based daily diary methodology, the purpose of the current study is to apply a self-regulation framework to better understand how individual difference and situational variables interactively contribute to successful attempts at self-regulated gambling and/or compromise a gambler’s ability to adhere to gambling related limits.

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