The independent research council of Svenska Spel has awarded SEK2.2 million (€2.1 million) to examine gambling addiction in Sweden.
The whole cash will be split among four research projects, with the goal of advancing research into the causes of gambling addiction and how gamblers can seek help. Since its inception in 2019, Svenska Spel’s autonomous research council has awarded SEK45 million to 35 research projects and studies.
Research of evidence-based methods to counteract gambling
Svenska Spel’s independent research council Chair, Sara Lindholm said: “This year’s applications were high quality and showed breadth.
“It is socially important that we continue to support research that aims to develop evidence-based methods to counteract gambling. In addition, it is important that research can help society develop new treatment methods for gambling addiction.”
Where the funding will go
Jakob Jonsson of Karolinska Institutet’s Center for Psychiatric Research has been awarded SEK727,892 to continue his research into whether self-testing measures alter players’ gambling behaviour.
Sofia Vadlin of the Västmanland Center for Clinical Research received SEK500,000 of the total to investigate the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on gambling behaviours and difficulties.
Sahlgrenska Academy researcher Anna Söderpalm Gordh was awarded SEK500,000 to fund research into computer game addiction. The research will look at the impact of a 15-week cognitive behavioural treatment programme aimed at overcoming a computer game addiction.
Tobias Elgan of Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Neuroscience has been awarded the last SEK500,000 to explore why gambling problems are more prevalent in elite male athletes.