BDA’s masters degreed clinicians conduct a brief telephone based assessment to provide support and help determine the most appropriate level of service. Over the course of this assessment, BDA’s clinicians collect a variety of data sets that are then analyzed. The data for this paper was taken from a cumulative report of all problem gamblers seeking services in from April 2011 to August 2013. More than 3,800 calls were answered at the help line during this time, of which 1,525 caller records met the criteria for analysis. All identifiable information has been removed to preserve confidentiality.
For this study, BDA examined the data from gambler callers who answered questions regarding age first gambled, length of time that gambling has been a problem, previous history with addiction, types of gambling behavior, and referral sources. These records were analyzed to determine the differences and similarities between male and female gamblers.