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Gambling problems and military- and health-related behaviour in UK Armed Forces veterans

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posted on 2023-09-01, 14:29 authored by Elystan Roberts, Glen Dighton, Matt Fossey, Lee Hogan, Neil Kitchiner, Robert D. Rogers, Simon Dymond
Internationally, problem gambling is elevated in Armed Forces veterans compared to the general population. Here, we re-examined the prevalence of problem gambling in veterans and non-veterans residing in England using an established large dataset and investigated whether gambling was associated with length of service, common mental health disorders, substance abuse, or financial management history. Using the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 257 post-national service veterans and 514 age- and sex-matched controls were compared. Veterans had significantly higher rates of problem gambling than non-veterans. Male veterans were more likely than non-veterans to have experienced a traumatic event. The relationship between veteran status and problem gambling was not explained by differences in mental health conditions, substance abuse, or financial management. No differences were found for length of service. Further research is required with larger samples targeting problem gambling and Armed Forces experience in the United Kingdom population using contemporary diagnostic criteria.

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Refereed

  • Yes

Volume

8

Issue number

2

Page range

212-221

Publication title

Military Behavioral Health

ISSN

2163-5803

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

File version

  • Accepted version

Language

  • eng

Legacy posted date

2019-06-26

Legacy creation date

2019-06-26

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care

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