The impact of gambling on rural communities worldwide: A narrative literature review

Journal article


Tolchard, B (2015). The impact of gambling on rural communities worldwide: A narrative literature review. Journal of Rural Mental Health. 39 (2), pp. 90-107.
AuthorsTolchard, B
Abstract

Gambling has become a popular activity in both urban and rural settings. Although the prevalence and participation of gambling is well known, little has been reported regarding the impacts of gambling on rural communities. Therefore, a narrative literature review approach was adopted to examine what is known regarding gambling in rural communities. This article describes the prevalence and types of gambling that are popular in rural communities around the world. It identifies the benefits and highlights the potential harm caused by a person’s gambling and the impact this has on families and the wider rural community. There are both benefits and risks associated with increased availability of gambling opportunities. Specific vulnerable groups within rural populations are identified within this context and how different countries respond to rural gambling is explored. A number of strategies based on a public health approach are recommended to ensure that gambling remains as harmless an activity as possible in rural communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Keywordsgambling; rural; health inequity; public health
Year2015
JournalJournal of Rural Mental Health
Journal citation39 (2), pp. 90-107
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1037/rmh0000030
Publication dates
Print05 Apr 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Oct 2017
Accepted05 Apr 2015
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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