Aggressive behaviour in adult slot-machine gamblers: a qualitative observational study

Parke, Adrian and Griffiths, Mark (2005) Aggressive behaviour in adult slot-machine gamblers: a qualitative observational study. eCommunity: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 2 (2). pp. 50-58. ISSN 1705-4583

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Gambling is acknowledged to have many negative effects on the individual. However, from a psychological perspective, aggression as an outcome of gambling has been overlooked. This paper investigates the dynamics of the relationship between aggression and slot ma-chine gambling. A non-participation observation study observed a small group of aggressive individuals (n = 8; identified in a previous study) over a period of eight weeks. Four catego-ries of aggressive behaviour were confirmed from previous research (verbal aggression to-wards the gambling arcade staff; verbal aggression towards the slot machines; verbal aggres-sion towards other slot machine players; and physical aggression towards the slot ma-chines). From the in-depth observations, possible reasons motivating these types of aggres-sive behaviour are discussed. It is suggested that the frustration, guilt and embarrassment of losing are the prime causes of such aggression.

Keywords:Slot-machine gambling, Aggressive behaviour, Problem gambling
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:9840
Deposited On:13 Jun 2013 10:02

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