EGM Exposure, Participation, and Problem Gambling [in press article]
The 2nd International Summer School on Inequalities and Addictions was held in Adelaide, South Australia in September 2006. One of the background readings was a publication entitled "Do EGMs and problem gambling go together like a horse and carriage?" which is in press with the journal Gambling Research.
From the conclusion (pp. 29-30):
The major focus of this article has been on relationships between EGM exposure, participation and problem gambling. Like love and marriage, or horses and carriages, it appears that they come in a variety of forms and that while they can "go together", this is far from inevitable. Understanding of the circumstances under which EGM exposure, participation and problems are strongly linked, as opposed to weakly linked or disconnected, is rudimentary. It is apparent that future research, apart from refining the measurement of EGM exposure at macro and micro levels, will need to pay greater attention to the roles that other environmental and individual factors play in problem development and cessation. At present too little is known, in any particular context, to be able to predict with certainty the consequences of increased or decreased EGM availability.