Doktorand Jonas Rafi
Doktorand Jonas Rafi

Halvtidsseminariet äger rum onsdag den 22 april 2020, kl. 9–11 i konferensrum 357, Frescati Hagväg 14, plan 3.

Granskare:
Professor Claudia Bernhard Oettel och doktorand David Bergman.

Handledare:
Professor Per Carlbring och professor Petra Lindfors (Psykologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet).
 

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Abstract

Problem Gambling (PG) is a public health problem characterized by gambling-related behaviors that lead to negative consequences for the gambler, significant others, or the community. Although there are various treatments for PG, there are still no published studies on prevention of PG in the workplace, despite recommendations dating back more than a decade. One way to prevent PG could be co-workers and managers responding early to signs of PG.

The aim of this project was to evaluate the effects of a comprehensive PG prevention program aimed at managers in working organizations. The prevention program consisted of a skill-development training for managers for identifying and addressing possible PG or other harmful use, and development or improvement of a workplace gambling and PG policy. A cluster-randomized controlled trial was conducted, where ten workplaces were randomized into either receiving the PG prevention program or to a waitlist. 

The aim of Study 1 was to evaluate potential effects of the PG prevention program. The main outcome was the managers' inclination to act when worried about an employee regarding PG. Managers (n = 490) rated their inclination at baseline, as well as 6 and 12 months later. The results were inconclusive as the intervention effect on the managers' inclination to act when worried about possible PG was only significant at the second measurement occasion.

The aim of Study 2 was to explore the participants experiences of the PG prevention program by interviewing managers (n=13) and HR-officers (n=10). The transcribed interviews were subjected to a qualitative content analysis, resulting in six distinct themes:

  1. Expectations of the skills-development training,
  2. Experiences of and prior beliefs about problem gambling,
  3. A good foundation for discussing PG,
  4. The difficult conversation about PG,
  5. Appreciated aspects of the training sessions, and
  6. Remaining obstacles.

The results suggest that the presentation of cases, facts, and general knowledge were appreciated by most participants. However, participants also expressed that they would benefit from tailored interventions, more support in the policy implementation process, and following up on the results.

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