Brodeur M, Roberge P, Cotton JC, Monson E, Morvannou A, Poitras M-È, Lacasse A, Jutras-Asward D, Couturier Y, Loignon C, Audette-Chapdelaine S, Auger A-M, Bertrand K, Dorceus S, Simon O, Hudon C. (2023). Experience of LGBTQIA2S+ populations with gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic: Protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 13(2), e066231.
Introduction: Research undertaken since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has provided us information about the impact of the pandemic on the gambling habits of the general population. However, very little is known about certain subgroups at increased risk of developing gambling disorder, such as the LGBTQIA2S+ population. The purpose of this study is to describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gambling behaviours among LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. In addition, we want to understand the experiences of the LGBTQIA2S+ population with gambling disorder and identify interventions that LGBTQIA2S+ people have found to be effective in addressing problem gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods and analysis: This study has a sequential explanatory mixed-method design in two phases over 2 years. The first phase is a correlational study. We will conduct a cross-sectional survey using a stratified random sampling among Canadian residents who are 18 years of age or older, self-identify as sexually and gender-diverse (ie, LGBTQIA2S+) and have gambled at least once in the previous 12 months. This survey will be administered online via a web panel (n=1500). The second phase is a qualitative study. Semistructured interviews will be conducted with LGBTQIA2S+ people with problematic gambling (n=30).