Parlays and problems: sports gamblers' experiences of problem gambling progression

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Kostek, Riley
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
Widespread legalization of sports gambling in North America is changing the Canadian gambling landscape at a historic rate. The potential impacts of these changes on sports gambling progression are not fully understood. This thesis explores the lived experiences of Sports Betting Problem Gamblers to shed light on factors influencing gambling progression and the impacts sports gambling has on their lives. A narrative inquiry methodology was employed and interviews were conducted with five Sports Betting Problem Gamblers to generate individual narrative accounts. Six threads emerged from the participants’ narratives: 1) significant early childhood gambling experiences, and 2) an everlasting relationship with sports, 3) complex motivations for sports gambling, 4) varying perceptions of harm, 5) dynamic sports gambling behaviour, and 6) impacts of cultural, institutional, and psychological factors. This study contributes to a more nuanced definition of what it means to be a Sports Betting Problem Gambler and understanding the fluid, contemplative, and complicated ways in which sports gambling is experienced by individuals.
Problem gambling , Sports gambling , Sports betting problem gambling , Lived experience , Narrative research , Narrative inquiry , Sports gambling progression , Sports wagering , Gambling harms