Webinar: Etiology of problem gambling

Many longitudinal studies have provided a wealth of useful information on the etiological contributors to problem gambling. The studies found that the etiological predictors identified appear to be somewhat jurisdiction and time frame specific, however, they have very small numbers of problem gamblers and did not comprehensively assess all variables of potential etiological importance.

A new study addresses these issues with a national cohort of 10,119 Canadian gamblers that included 1,346 problem gamblers, as well as 2,710 with a mental health disorder and 778 with a substance use disorder. This presentation will report on the predictors of both concurrent problem gambling (gambling occuring with a mental health disorder) and the variables that most strongly predicted future problem gambling. It includes an analysis of the self-reported perceived causes of problem gambling among problem gamblers and their policy implications.

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

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This webinar is accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit(s)/credit(s)/hour(s).

Learning objectives

Following this webinar, participants will understand the causes of problem gambling in Canada and the treatment and prevention implications that derive from these results.


Robert Williams, PhD, RPsych, is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and also a Research Coordinator for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. Dr. Williams teaches courses on gambling; provides frequent consultation to government, industry, the media, and public interest groups; and regularly gives expert witness testimony on the impacts of gambling. Dr. Williams is widely published and is a leading authority in the areas of: prevention of problem gambling, the etiology of problem gambling, online gambling, the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue deriving from problem gamblers, the prevalence and nature of gambling in Aboriginal communities, and best practices in the population assessment of problem gambling. He is also the Team Lead for the AGRI National Project.

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