Yearly Archive: 2011

Dec 30

The value of anthropological gambling research

The value of anthropological gambling research is discussed in a forum in the journal Suomen Antropologi (2011, vol. 36, no. 1). The issue was published this spring but came to my attention only a few days ago. The forum contains short articles by five Finnish scholars. It is an excellent introduction to how anthropologists can …

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Nov 30

Prevalence of problem gambling in Sweden

The prevalence of gambling problems in Sweden remained largely unchanged between 2009 and 2010. There was a trend towards lower prevalence – down from 2.2 percent to 1.9 percent – but it was not statistically significant. Gambling problems were defined as respondents scoring three points or higher on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). The …

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Oct 14

New Book: Gambling, Space, and Time

Gambling, Space, and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Cultures is a new book from the University of Nevada Press. It includes a chapter on Swedish horse betting, written by me. About the book “The eight essays in Gambling, Space, and Time use a global and interdisciplinary approach to examine two significant areas of gambling studies that have not …

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Sep 27

Perspectives on gambling and problem gambling

“Perspektiv på spelande och spelproblem” (Perspectives on gambling and problem gambling) is the title of a recent publication (in Swedish) from the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (SNIPH). It is an easy to read booklet that shows the breadth of today’s gambling research and presents a number of different perspectives on gambling. The publication …

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Sep 18

Why people gamble

“Why people gamble” (or something similar) is the title of one of my most appreciated lectures. It is in demand by gambling companies, treatment agencies and at a variety of academic meetings and conferences. Last Thursday I delivered the lecture to a group of gambling regulators from the Nordic countries, at a seminar organized by …

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Sep 03

Presenting to Finnish journalists

On September 1, I held a presentation about gambling and problem gambling to Finnish journalists interested in addiction issues. The journalists had gathered here in Gothenburg for the 27th Northern Media Seminar on Addictions, organized by the A-Clinic foundation in Helsinki. In all, eleven academics and practitioners lectured at the international part of the seminar about various …

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Aug 25

Moving to the School of Global Studies

For more than a decade, I have had CEFOS – Center for Public Sector Research – as a base for my research. However, there is nowadays not a big need at the University of Gothenburg for a special unit dedicated to public sector research. CEFOS has thus been closed down. I will continue my research …

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Jul 11

Another new publication on mutual support

My paper A mutual support group for young problem gamblers has been published by the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. The paper is available as an “online first” publication, klick here. Abstract A Swedish mutual support group for young problem gamblers is described and discussed. During the study period, 116 weekly meetings occurred, usually …

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Jun 27

New publication on mutual support

The International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction has published my paper A Swedish mutual support society of problem gamblers. The paper is available here as an “online first” publication. Abstract Mutual support societies for problem gamblers have existed in Sweden for 20 years. They have helped more people with gambling problems than any other …

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May 15

Internet poker problems decline

A recent report from the Swedish national helpline for problem gamblers shows a significant decrease in calls relating to internet poker, from 30 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2010. In absolute numbers the decrease is even more striking: down from 173 calls in 2007 to 86 in 2010. On the other hand, calls …

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