“The Harvard Project on Gambling and Health”

Principal Investigator: Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Harvard Medical School
Awarded $465,069 in 1998

Aim: Investigate several streams of research on gambling and gambling disorders: 1) prevalence and measuring prevalence; (2) a public health framework for gambling; 3) a three-year study of the health risks of casino employees; (4) how gambling and other behavioral addictions are changing the notion of addiction; and (5) trends in gambling research and publications.

Eber, G., B., & Shaffer, H. J. (2000). Trends in gambling studies research: quantifying citations. Journal of Gambling Studies, 16(34), 461-467.

Korn, D. A. & Shaffer, H.J. (1999). Gambling and the health of the public: Adopting a public health perspective. Journal of Gambling Studies, 15, 289-365.

Shaffer, H. J. (1999). Addiction and gambling disorders: On matters of measurement and validity. The Behavioral Measurement Letter, 6, 2-6.

Shaffer, H.J. (1999). On the nature and meaning of addiction. National Forum: The Phi Kappa Phi Journal, 79, 9-14.

Shaffer, H.J. (1999). Strange bedfellows: A critical view of pathological gambling and addiction. Addiction, 94, 1445-1448.

Shaffer, H. J. (2000). Addictive personality. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., Vol. 1). Washington, D.C. & New York: American Psychological Association & Oxford University Press.

Shaffer, H.J., Eber, G.B., Hall, M., & Vander Bilt, J. (2000). Smoking behavior among casino employees: Self-report validation using plasma cotinine. Addictive Behaviors, 25, 693-704.

Shaffer, H. J., Forman, D. P., Scanlan, K., & Smith, F. (2000). Awareness of gambling-related problems, policies and educational programs among high school and college administrators. Journal of Gambling Studies, 16, 93-101.

Shaffer, H. J. & Hall, M. N. (2001). Updating and refining meta-analytic prevalence estimates of disordered gambling behavior in the United States and Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 92, 168-172.

Shaffer, H.J., Hall, M.N., & Vander Bilt, J. (1999). Gambling, drinking, smoking and other health risk activities among casino employees. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 36, 365-378.

Shaffer, H.J., Hall, M.N., & Vander Bilt, J. (2000). “Computer addiction”: A critical consideration. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 70, 162-168.

Shaffer, H. J. & Korn, D. A. (2002). Gambling and related mental disorders: A public health analysis, Annual Review of Public Health, 23, 171-212.

Year: 1998
Type: Project Grants