Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


CFAR publications - gambling

The Centre for Addiction Research incorporates the former Centre of Gambling Studies, established in 2001 and based in the Department of Social and Community Health in the School of Population Health.

The Centre for Gambling Studies completed a broad range of research projects (large and small) with a focus on four broad research areas: public health and community; treatment; behavioural; education and training.

Completed research projects include:

  • Effectiveness of problem gambling intervention services
  • Crime and gambling
  • Gambling related public health
  • Developing a community indicators model
  • Idenitfying and improving information on gambling for use by local and territorial authorities
  • Why people gamble
  • Host responsibility for gambling venues in New Zealand
  • The ethics of receiving funds from the proceeds of gambling

Selected publications since 2005


ROSSEN, F. V., CLARK, T., DENNY, S. J., FLEMING, T. M., PEIRIS-JOHN, R., ROBINSON, E., & LUCASSEN, M. F. (2015). Unhealthy Gambling Amongst New Zealand Secondary School Students: An Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-16. DOI 10.1007/s11469-015-9562-1

SOBRUN-MAHARAJ, A., ROSSEN, F. V., & WONG, A. S. K. (2013). Negative impacts of gambling on Asian families and communities in New Zealand. The Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health Editorial. http://www.ajgiph.com/content/3/1/14

TSE, S., CAMPBELL, L., ROSSEN, F., WANG, C-W., JULL, A., YAN, E., & JACKSON, A. (2013). Face-to-face and telephone counseling for problem gambling: A pragmatic multisite randomized study. Research on Social Work Practice, 23 (1), 57-65.

TSE, S., ROSSEN, F., & HOQUE, E. (2012). The New Zealand gaming and betting survey: Chinese and Indian people's experience. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 8 (2), 98 – 106.

ADAMS, P. J., ROSSEN F. A Tale of Missed Opportunities: Pursuit of a Public Health Approach to Gambling in New Zealand. Addiction. 107, 1051-1056. 2012

LIVINGSTONE, C; ADAMS, P.J. Harm promotion: observations on the symbiosis between government and private industries in Australasia for the development of highly accessible gambling markets, Addiction, 106(1), 3-8. 2011

ADAMS, P.J; BUETOW, S; ROSSEN, F. Vested interests in addiction research and policy: Poisonous partnerships: health sector buy-in to arrangements with government and addictive consumption industries, Addiction, 105, (4), 585-590.2010 A

ADAMS, P.J. Ways gambling researchers receive funding from gambling industry sources. International Gambling Studies (invited editorial). 11(2), 145-152. 2011

TSE, S., YU, A.C.H., ROSSEN, F., and WANG, C.-W. Examination of Chinese gambling problems through a socio-historical-cultural perspective. The Scientific World, 10, 1694–1704. 2010

ADAMS, P. J. Redefining the gambling problem: The production and consumption of gambling profits. Gambling Research, 21(1), 51-54. 2009

ADAMS, P.J., RAEBURN, J. and DE SILVA, K. A question of balance: Prioritizing public health responses to harm from gambling. Addiction, 104, 688-691 (IR: 4.1) 2009

ADAMS, P.J., RAEBURN, J. and DE SILVA, K.. Gambling beneficiaries having their cake and eating it: the attractions of avoiding responsible gambling regulation. Addiction. 104, 697-698. 2009 A

DAMS, P. J. Assessing whether to receive funding support from tobacco, alcohol, gambling and other dangerous consumption industries. Addiction, 102(7), 1027–1033. 2007

ADAMS, P. J. and ROSSEN, F. Reducing the moral jeopardy associated with receiving funds from the proceeds of gambling. Journal of Gambling Issues, 17 (September). 2006

SULLIVAN, S., MCCORMICK, IRN., LAMONT, M., PENFOLD, A. Problem gambling: patients affected by their own or another's gambling may approve of help from general practitioners, New Zealand Medical Journal, 120, 2007

GOODYEAR-SMITH, F., ARROLL, B, KERSE, N., COUPE, N., SULLIVAN, S., TSE, S., SHEPHERD, R., ROSSEN, F., PERESE, L. Primary care patients reporting concerns about their gambling frequently have other co-occurring lifestyle and mental health issues. BMC Family Medicine, 7:25, U16606465. 2006

ADAMS, P.J. and HODGES, I. Understanding Dangerous Consumptions: Moving Forward with a National Strategy for Research on Tobacco, Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling. Journal of Social Policy in New Zealand. 26(November), 17-42. 2005

Technical Reports


ROSSEN, F.V., FLEMING, T., LUCASSEN, M., DENNY, S., PEIRIS-JOHN, R., TEEVALE, T., CRENGLE, S., ROBINSON, E., BULLEN, P., DYSON, B., FORTUNE, S., UTTER, J., SHERIDAN, J., CLARK, T. & The Adolescent Health Research Group. (2013). The Health and Wellbeing of New Zealand Secondary School Students in 2012: Youth Gambling. Auckland: The University of Auckland.

SOBRUN-MAHARAJ, A., ROSSEN, F., WONG, A. (2012). The Impact of Gambling and Problem Gambling on Asian Families and Communities in New Zealand. Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research and Centre for Gambling Studies, Prepared for the Ministry of Health. Auckland UniServices Limited, The University of Auckland.

MCKENNA, B., BROWN, R., ROSSEN, F., & GOODER, C. (2012). Delivery of Problem Gambling Service to Prison Inmates. Centre for Gambling Studies and The Centre for Mental Health Research, Prepared for the Ministry of Health. Auckland UniServices Limited, The University of Auckland.