NCPG-PublicOpinionReport-July-2016.pdf

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[Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document. Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document.] PUBLIC OPINION ON PROBLEM GAMBLING MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS Don Feeney and Keith Whyte June 2016
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CONTENTS Introduction ......................................................................................... 3 Method ................................................................................................ 4 Results ................................................................................................. 4 How common are gambling disorders .............................................. 4 Are gambling addictions stigmatized? ............................................... 5 Who is affected by a gambling addiction? ......................................... 5 Does the public understand the causes of gambling disorders? .......... 6 Does the public recognize the signs of a gambling disorder? ............. 7 Does the public understand the solutions to a gambling problem? ...8 Awareness of programs ..................................................................... 9 Who should help? .......................................................................... 10 Demographic differences ................................................................ 10 Summary ........................................................................................... 11 Acknowledgments .............................................................................. 11
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3 2016 Public Opinion Report I. INTRODUCTION In 2015 the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) adopted a strategic plan that called for a broader public awareness of problem gambling. In particular, the plan states that “we will work to overcome the stigma and misconceptions associated with problem gambling by identifying public misconceptions about problem gambling, developing messaging dispelling misconceptions, and devel- oping communications material that highlights successful recovery.” 1 In support of this goal, the NCPG here releases its first report on public opinion and beliefs on prob- lem gambling. Beginning in June, 2008, the NCPG commissioned Ipsos, a global market research company, to conduct a series of surveys of U.S. adults (18 and older) about their beliefs and attitudes about problem gambling. The most recent survey was conducted in February, 2015. The purpose of these surveys was to assess the general public’s knowledge about problem gambling, and to help identify the myths and misconceptions that affect people’s willingness to seek help for a gambling problem and their support for programs that aid those affected by problem gambling. The surveys were designed to answer the following questions: • How common does the public believe gambling problems to be? • To what degree is gambling addiction stigmatized? • Who is affected by a gambling addiction? • Do people understand the causes of problem gambling? • Are people aware of programs to help those affected by problem gambling? and; • Do they believe these programs are effective? • Who has the responsibility to help? The answers to these questions paint a picture of an American public that frequently misunderstands the nature of gambling addiction, seeing it as a symptom of moral weakness rather than a medical con- dition. In addition, addictions, including gambling addiction, are frequently stigmatized. The surveys also found considerable skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment and a misunderstanding of recovery. Finally, the public drastically overestimates the prevalence of problem gambling, suggesting that the concept of a gambling addiction is poorly understood and/or trivialized.
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