Both authors contributed equally to this study.
NATIONAL GAMBLING EXPERIENCES
Gambling in Taiwan: problems, research and policy
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Authors, Addiction © 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 108, Issue 3, pages 463–467, March 2013
How to Cite
Yen, C.-F. and Wu, H. Y.-J. (2013), Gambling in Taiwan: problems, research and policy. Addiction, 108: 463–467. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03823.x
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
- Submitted 30 August 2011; initial review completed 25 October 2011; final version accepted 18 January 2012
Aims This study provides a systematic review of existing research that has evaluated unique gambling experiences in Taiwan.
Methods A comprehensive review of electronic databases, including Scopus, PubMed, Chinese Electronic Periodical Services and the Index to Taiwan Periodical Literature System, was conducted to identify evaluations of gambling experiences in Taiwan. Studies that met inclusion criteria were synthesized and assessed.
Results Various types of gambling are prevalent in Taiwan, even though the laws of Taiwan forbid illegal gambling. Both traditional and novel types of gambling have brought adverse impacts to Taiwanese people in multiple aspects of everyday life. The strategies and attitudes of the government towards gambling have been forced to change as gambling has flourished.
Conclusions Various types of gambling have developed in Taiwan in response to social, economic and cultural changes over time. The psychological aspects of gambling, however, need further study to provide fundamental information for developing intervention models for pathological gambling.