Submission Type

Presentation

Submission Title

Gender and the Social, Economic and Legal Consequences of Gambling

Session Title

Session 3-2-A: Sociopsychological Factors and Problem Gambling

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

30-5-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

30-5-2019 12:25 PM

Disciplines

Criminology

Abstract

This research explores the lives and experiences of men and women who have a history of problem gambling. Anonymous surveys were analyzed for the types of social, economic, and legal consequences people faced due to their gambling. Findings allow for fuller understanding of problem gamblers, as well as the prevalence and type of criminal activity motivated by their addiction. Currently, research literature lacks a full understanding of the motivations and types of crimes committed by compulsive gamblers. Prevalence studies differ in terms of how common crime is related to gambling addiction and the types of crimes committed. This research not only seeks to further understand this topic, but also analyzes such data based on gender.

Keywords

problem gamblers, compulsive gambling, gambling motivated crime, criminal justice, consequences of gambling

Author Bio

Michelle L. Malkin is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research interests include gambling motivated crime; queer criminology; women’s experiences in the criminal justice system; and convict criminology. Malkin is currently conducting a research study on the consequences of gambling addiction and intends to expand the study to focus on those convicted of gambling motived crimes to better assess their experiences in the criminal justice system. Malkin received a Eadington Fellowship from the UNLV Center for Gaming Research in 2017-18 to support her research on the criminal consequences of problem gambling.

Funding Sources

Malkin received a 2017-18 Eadington fellowship from the UNVL Center for Gaming Studies to support her continued research on gambling motivated crime. The Center for Gaming Studies does not have any continued involvement in the research.

Competing Interests

N/A - please see note about personal research fellowship of author.

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May 30th, 11:00 AM May 30th, 12:25 PM

Gender and the Social, Economic and Legal Consequences of Gambling

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

This research explores the lives and experiences of men and women who have a history of problem gambling. Anonymous surveys were analyzed for the types of social, economic, and legal consequences people faced due to their gambling. Findings allow for fuller understanding of problem gamblers, as well as the prevalence and type of criminal activity motivated by their addiction. Currently, research literature lacks a full understanding of the motivations and types of crimes committed by compulsive gamblers. Prevalence studies differ in terms of how common crime is related to gambling addiction and the types of crimes committed. This research not only seeks to further understand this topic, but also analyzes such data based on gender.