Title

Developing a More Effective Means of Communication, Detection, and Prevention of Problem Gambling in Colorado

Date of Award

5-28-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Applied Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Robert Melvin

Keywords

gambling addiction; gambling in Colorado; help for problem gamblers; pathological gamblers; problem gamblers; problem gambling; problem gambling research; problem gambling studies; self-exlcusion

Abstract

This study addresses the issue of problem gambling and opportunities to enhance communication and prevention efforts to reduce problem gambling in Colorado. Colorado Amendment 50, which becomes effective in July, 2009, will increase hours of operation, the variety of games available, and betting limits. This expansion is likely to increase the number of problem gamblers in the state. This capstone addresses the adequacy of communication and assistance programs that help prevent problem gambling in Colorado. Support programs, treatment centers, media attention, competence of research, and state funding and support are also addressed. Increased resources are needed to assure that that adequate communication and adequate support programs are available to problem gamblers in Colorado.

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