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|Title:||A Benchmark Study for Monitoring Exposure to New Gambling Opportunities: Final Report Scientific Content|
|Authors:||Nelson, Sarah E.|
Kleschinsky, John H.
LaPlante, Debi A.
Gray, Heather M.
Shaffer, Howard J.
|Keywords:||Gambling -- Massachusetts|
|Abstract:||The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is nearing an historic change to its legal gambling landscape. The expansion of legal gambling opportunities to include large resort-style casinos presents a unique opportunity to learn about the short- and long-term ramifications of such expansion on public health. Because this period represents a natural experiment within Massachusetts, there is a limited window of opportunity to collect accurate baseline data. To determine how new gambling opportunities impact the public's gambling-related health, it is imperative to establish baseline estimates of gambling-related behaviors and health prior to the opening of new gambling venues. This project used a statewide online survey recruited via random household survey to establish a baseline estimate of gambling behaviors and health within Massachusetts' communities that can be used as the benchmark for a prospective long-term longitudinal investigation of the effect of gambling expansion on public health.|
|Description:||Permission to archive report in repository granted by Sarah E. Nelson, Associate Director of Research Division on Addiction, Harvard Medical School on June 4, 2013.|
|Appears in Collections:||Gambling Literature|
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