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New survey questions developed to understand gambling harms experienced by children and young people

17 January 2020

A report on gambling-related harms to children and young people is published today

A new report published today, and commissioned by GambleAware, explores ways to deepen our understanding of the nature of gambling harms children and young people are experiencing.

Researchers from Ipsos MORI have developed and tested a series of new questions which will be included in this year’s Young People and Gambling Survey. The questions aim to identify and better measure the types of harms children and young people are facing as a result of their own gambling and the gambling of others.

The new questions will help identify the different ways that gambling affects children and young people, including the impact on relationships and school life.

The harms questions were tested by including them in a new module in the Young People’s Omnibus Survey after the existing Gambling Commission module. The data contained in the published report of the pilot have been analysed in the same way as questions for which results were published in October 2019 in the Commission’s Young People and Gambling Report.

However, it should be noted that the new harms questions were primarily included on the survey to test the performance of the questions and to identify a smaller subset of questions that could be included in the survey going forward, to gather information on harms experienced by young people while minimising the burden on participants.

As the data was only collected for the purposes of testing the questions it therefore cannot be used to draw robust conclusions until the questions have been incorporated into the full survey.

The final set of questions and statements are being included on the Young People’s Omnibus Survey in 2020 and will form the first main data release that can be used for substantive analysis. The results from the pilot should not be directly compared with future releases of these questions.

Read the full gambling-related harms to children and young people report, which follows on from the publication of the children and young people harms framework published in April last year.

Last updated: 20 August 2021

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