Reply to Griffiths: The Relationship Between Gambling and Homelessness
‘Commentary’ articles are new to the Journal of Gambling Studies, and therefore articles that reply to Commentaries are equally novel. Nevertheless, we felt that we should address some of the issues raised in Griffiths (2014), concerning our study ‘Rates of problematic gambling in a British homeless sample: A preliminary study’ (Sharman et al. 2014).
The Commentary provides some contextual literature on mental health problems in the homeless, and draws attention to the need for extra care in the interpretation of our study, given the potential for data to be used by those with a specific legal agenda. Naturally, the same care is required in the interpretation of the Commentary.
One of Griffiths’ key claims is that “One of the most notable findings in the Sharman et al. (2014) study—and on which there was no comment—was the fact that 80 % of the 456 homeless people (n = 363) has not gambled in the year prior to the study.” This claim is incorrect, and appears to arise from a...
KeywordsProblem Gambling Pathological Gambling Homeless People Factual Error Gambling Disorder
Conflict of interest
The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC (Dr. Clark) is supported by funding from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Province of BC to the University of British Columbia. None of the authors have received financial benefits from the gambling industry or groups opposed to gambling.
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