Svenska Spel backs new problem gambling research projects

Svenska Spel’s Games Research Council has shown its support towards five new research projects looking at gambling addiction, after confirming that it would be issuing grants totalling SEK5m (£425,471).

Svenska Spel has highlighted three projects that will receive grants, with one set to focus upon the treatment of gambling addiction among elite players in Swedish ice hockey. 

Another of the projects will look at developing a new internet-based treatment for gambling addiction, and a third will investigate the connection between trauma and gambling problems in women.

Sara Lindholm, Chairman of the Research Council, commented: “It is with great pleasure that we have selected projects that have the potential to contribute to increased knowledge about gambling addiction.”

The Research Council, established in 2010, seeks to boost the understanding of problem gambling behaviours and the development of prevention initiatives. It has been commissioned to assess and grant applications for research funding based on scientific quality and societal relevance.

“At Svenska Spel we strive to offer safe games and gaming environments. To be able to develop our gaming responsibility, it is a prerequisite to support the research. Through the Research Council, we want to increase the knowledge and understanding of gambling problems,” added Scarlett Roa, Sustainability Manager Svenska Spel.

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