The Quinte Longitudinal Study is a prospective study of gambling and problem gambling conducted in the Quinte Region of Ontario, Canada from 2006 to 2011. A sample of 4,121 adults, 17 and older, was recruited with 26% of the sample selected for higher levels of gambling involvement. A high retention rate of 93.9% after 5 years was achieved.
The study examined four main questions:
- what are the normal patterns of continuity and discontinuity in gambling and problem gambling over time;
- what individual, social and structural variables mediate the development of responsible gambling and problem gambling;
- what etiological model of gambling and problem gambling emerges from these findings; and
- what are the implications of these results for the prevention of problem gambling.