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Sociodemographic predictors of latent class membership of problematic and disordered gamblers

James, Richard J.E.; O'Malley, Claire; Tunney, Richard J.


Claire O'Malley

Richard J. Tunney


This paper reports a series of analyses examining the predictors of gambling subtypes identified from a latent class analysis of problem gambling assessment data, pooled from four health and gambling surveys conducted in Britain between 2007 and 2012. Previous analyses have indicated that gambling assessments have a consistent three class structure showing quantitative and potentially qualitative differences. Bringing this data together is useful for studying more severe problem gamblers, where the small number of respondents has been a chronic limitation of gambling prevalence research. Predictors were drawn from sociodemographic indicators and engagement with other legal addictive behaviours, namely smoking and alcohol consumption. The pooled data was entered into a multinomial logistic regression model in which class membership was regressed along a series of demographic variables and survey year, based on previous analyses of gambling prevalence data. The results identified multiple demographic differences (age, general health, SES, being single, membership of ethnic minority groups) between the non-problem and two classes endorsing some problem gambling indicators. Although these two groups tended to share a sociodemographic profile, the odds of being male, British Asian and a smoker increased between the three groups in line with problem gambling severity. Being widowed was also found to be associated with the most severe gambling class. A number of associations were also observed with other addictive behaviours. However these should be taken as indicative as these were limited subsamples of a single dataset. These findings identify specific groups in which gambling problems are more prevalent, and highlight the importance of the interaction between acute and determinant aspects of impulsivity, suggesting that a more complex account of impulsivity should be considered than is currently present in the gambling literature.


James, R. J., O'Malley, C., & Tunney, R. J. (2016). Sociodemographic predictors of latent class membership of problematic and disordered gamblers. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 3, 61-69.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 13, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 16, 2016
Publication Date 2016-06
Deposit Date May 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 21, 2016
Journal Addictive Behaviors Reports
Electronic ISSN 2352-8532
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Pages 61-69
Keywords Disordered gambling; gambling; addictive behaviours; impulsivity
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