A Study of Responsible Gambling in the Eastern Cape of South Africa: A Psychological and Psychosocial Exploration

By Christopher R. Stones.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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For most people, gambling is seen as - and is understood to be - a recreational activity that involves excitement, risk, skill and socializing with others. Most gamble responsibly but for a significant minority gambling becomes problematic often resulting in disastrous personal, interpersonal, and social consequences. Research indicates that numerous influences have an impact on the extent to which an individual gambles responsibly, and various explanations exist which attempt to make sense of how this behaviour develops and is maintained. The current research sets out to explore what constitutes responsible gambling behaviour (in terms of the strategies gamblers use) and what influences resulted in irresponsible gambling behaviour in a sample of 93 gamers from the Boardwalk Casino in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The objective was to collect and analyse data on general gambling behaviour on two different occasions through the administration of a survey questionnaire. The analysis of the data focussed on areas such as the mental processes of the gambler, the cultural influences upon certain population groups, and the interactions between the player and the environment. Finally, an exploration of the strategies gamblers used to avoid problem gambling was undertaken.

Keywords: Gambling, Risk Taking, Pathology, Culture and Risk Taking

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.85-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.738KB).

Prof Christopher R. Stones

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor Christopher Stones has enjoyed a lengthy academic and research career, predominantly based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, in the course of which he has taught in the areas of physiological, clinical, forensic, social and research psychology. He is Vice-President of the South African Association for Psychotherapy and past Chairman of the South African Society for Clinical Psychology. Editor-in-Chief of the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology since 2003, he is also on the editorial panels of two other on-line journals. Using both natural scientific quantitative methodologies and phenomenological approaches, Professor Stones’s research interests are in the areas of identity, attitudes and attitude change, phenomenological praxis and methodologies, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, spirituality and religious experience, in all of which areas he has published extensively. An Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, with which he is also registered as a Chartered Psychologist, Professor Stones is registered with the South African professional board as both a research and a clinical psychologist, and conducts a part-time clinical practice with particular focus on adolescents, young adults and families, as well as offering long-term psychotherapy. Additionally, he is regularly called on to serve as an “expert witness” in medico-legal (civil and criminal) court proceedings. In the early part of 2008, Professor Stones relocated from Grahamstown (in the Eastern Cape) to Gauteng to take up a Professorship at the University of Johannesburg.


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