The responsible gambling charity will look into potential indicators of vulnerability.
UK.- Responsible gambling charity GamCare has launched a research project with LAB, City University and Ignition House in a bid to better understand online gambling behaviours.
The project aims to identify potential indicators of vulnerability through an initial small qualitative study of up to 20 participants who have gambled online in the last six months.
This will be followed by a larger quantitative survey that will attempt to gain a broader picture of problem gambling in the UK.
GamCare said: “This research aims to make online gambling significantly safer, with the vision of developing knowledge and interventions that protect gamblers by moving them away from harm and towards protection in digital gambling environments.
“Helping with this research will be extremely valuable and impact positively on the wider online gambling community.”
GamCare is looking for participants for the first part of the research. This involves a one-hour, one-to-one interview with a researcher by phone or video call in early 2021.
Participants will be asked about their experiences, habits, behaviours and their feelings about gambling online. Participation is open to people who have gambled in the last six months.
GamCare launched a new toolkit for UK financial institutions, gambling businesses and debt advice agencies in September.
The tools aim to help those working in finance and debt advice to identify and support customers who experience gambling-related harms.