Guy Lacroix (professeur et directeur du Département d'économique) et Nicolas Corneau-Tremblay (professionnel de recherche et ancien étudiant du Département d'économique) publient une étude sur les jeux de hasard dans la revue International Gambling Studies. L’étude est écrite conjointement avec plusieurs spécialistes de la santé publique.
The development of online gambling gave rise to public health concerns back 20 years ago. Current knowledge indicates that online gamblers generally tend to show more psychosocial problems than offline gamblers. Yet, the literature tends to neglect the difference between pure and mixed online gamblers. The goal of this research is to assess if, and to what extent, online gambling generates more harmful impacts on the health and well-being in a sample of adult gamblers in Québec. The propensity score matching method was chosen to assess the variable prevalence of impacts on a sample of 826 regular gamblers recruited from an online panel. They were divided into sub-groups: pure online gamblers (n=143), mixed online gamblers (n=125), and a control group of offline gamblers (n=542). The study reveals that: 1) among online gamblers and their entourage, online gambling does, in fact, result in an extra burden of impacts in several aspects of their lives: work, relationships, mental/physical health, finances, quality of life and problem gambling according to the CPGI; 2) combined with offline gambling, online gambling significantly increases the burden of impacts in terms of both the number and intensity of impacts.