‘It’s basically everywhere’. Young Adults’ Perceptions of Gambling Advertising in the UK

Jamie Torrance, Gareth Roderique-Davies, Samantha Thomas, Nyle Davies, Bev John

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In comparison to jurisdictions such as Australia, limited research has focused upon the perceptions and reported effects of gambling advertising within the unique gambling environment of the UK. An online qualitative survey was conducted with 62 young adult gamblers in the UK. The survey investigated the place, meaning, and influence of gambling advertising within the lives of the participants. Demographic data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, with qualitative data interpreted using inductive thematic analysis techniques. Three themes were identified. Firstly, young adults were highly cognizant of UK gambling advertising strategies. Second, young adults were able to describe the influence of gambling advertising including its normalizing effect and proliferation of misleading messages. Finally, young adults perceived that current harm minimization strategies, including responsible gambling messages, were ineffective. Many were supportive of increased regulation of gambling advertising. The findings indicate that young adults are aware of the potential risks associated with gambling advertising and are supportive of regulatory reform. Given that young adults are a key target market for the gambling industry, it is important that their views and perspectives are fully considered by regulators and policy makers in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)976-988
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020


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