KSA launches six tax-funded research projects
The Kansspelautoriteit has recently launched six new gambling research projects.
The new projects are the first ones of their kind to be funded by the country’s gambling addiction prevention fund, the VPF, to which the country’s licensed operators are obligated to contribute periodically. The initiatives are going to be carried out for the Kansspelautoriteit by ZonMw, a Dutch research organization, and are expected to start before February of next year.
The programs will cover a wide variety of topics, including the effectiveness of behavioral therapy in treating various gambling problems, the rate at which vulnerable people are exposed to gambling advertisements, and the viability of Moti-4, a scheme aimed at reducing the negative consequences of various addictions, for people with problematic gambling behaviors.
Additionally, the programs will study which portion of younger Dutch adults are more prone to experiencing gambling problems. There will also be two studies aimed at enhancing the methods used for identifying and measuring the severity of problematic behaviors, along with developing guidelines to help professionals working in the sector identify problem gamblers more effectively.
The initiatives will be carried out by ZonMw through collaborations with numerous research and education centers throughout the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam UMC, the IVO, and the Trimbos Institute. Lastly, the research organization mentioned that the studies will last through 2029.