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Volunteer Information

You are eligible to participate if you can answer YES to the following questions, with the exception of question 5 which should be NO:

1. Are you 18 years of age or older?
2. Are you fluent in English?
3. Do you have access to the internet?
4. Do you think you have a gambling problem right now?
5. Have you received any treatment for your problem gambling in the past 3 months?
6. Have you engaged in your problem type of gambling at least once in the past month?
7. Would you be willing to access a website in English to help you overcome your gambling problem?
8. Are you willing to provide the name of a person who knows about your gambling involvement, and the name of one other person or the same person who would know your whereabouts over the next year?
9. Are you willing to provide follow-up information on your gambling in a few months’ time?
10. Are you willing to have your telephone conversations recorded?

The project involves participating in a brief telephone interview and then accessing a website. The interview will take about 30-45 minutes and will ask about your gambling over the past 3 months and how it has impacted your life. After we complete the interview, we will send a link to the website, a user ID, and password, as well as an information sheet about the project. Volunteers will then be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 websites. The websites contain various exercises and other information about overcoming your problem.

We will contact participants about 3 months later to record your gambling for the past month and your impressions of your progress. Further follow-up interviews will be conducted at 6 and 12 months. Volunteers will receive a $25 gift certificate after each follow-up interview is completed. The calls will be arranged at your convenience. The telephone conversations may be recorded and you will be notified before the conversation begins that it will be recorded. Audio files will be deleted at the completion of the study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email us at gambling@ucalgary.ca or phone us TOLL FREE at 1-877-437-3777.