A Review of BCLC’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: Client Behaviours, Experiences, and Perceptions

The objectives of this study were to assess the experiences and perceptions of VSE program participants and to measure the effects of the program on their gambling. In addition, BCLC was interested in learning about the various informal and formal supports used by VSE clients during their exclusion and the effects of the VSE program … Read more

BCLC’S Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program from the Perspectives and Experiences of Program Participants

Gambling is a common pastime for British Columbians, with 73% of adults in 2014 reporting past year gambling (R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd, 2014). Unfortunately, for approximately 3% of this population, gambling becomes more than just a pastime and problem symptoms can begin to emerge, such as difficulties in limiting the amount or time spent … Read more

College Gambling

Gambling involves risking something of value on an uncertain outcome in the hopes of increasing value or profit.  Gambling is generally regarded as a problem when the gambler begins to experience a number of negative consequences from their gambling, including feelings of guilt, gambling more than intended, and spending less time at school or at … Read more

Youth Gambling

Gambling is illegal for British Columbian youth under the age of 19 years . Although problem gambling has been primarily thought of as an adult behaviour, gambling activities appear to be particularly attractive for youth today.  A McGillUniversity survey in Montreal showed that 30% of grade 7 students gambled at least once a week. In … Read more

BCLC’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: Perceptions and Experiences of a Sample of Program Participants

Gambling is a popular recreational pastime for many people. Although there has been a decrease in gambling participation since the 2003 British Columbia Gambling Prevalence study (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 2003), where 85% of British Columbians gambled in the past year and 39% did so on a weekly basis, the most recent … Read more

A Review of Online Gambling Literature

Gambling is an activity that involves placing a wager with something of significance (e.g. money) on an outcome that is uncertain (MacKay, 2004). With the advent of technology and the global popularity of the internet, gambling online has become a popular form of betting. The first online gambling website was initiated in 1995 (American Gaming Association, 2007). Forms … Read more

Barriers to Accessing Treatment for Problem Gambling

Over the past decade, prevalence studies conducted in British Columbia have indicated that up to 4.6% of the general population could be at risk for developing a gambling problem with 0.4% of the population experiencing severe problems (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 2003). The population of British Columbia in 2005 slightly exceeded 4.2 million, suggesting that over … Read more