Project Details

Wellbeing and Coping in the RAF

The Wellbeing and Coping in the RAF project looked at the extent of gambling as an issue among serving RAF personnel, as well as other related health and wellbeing issues such as alcohol use and mental health. The project ran from 2020 to 2021, with data collection taking place during the first half of 2021.

This project combined a quantitative approach (including an online survey) with a qualitative one (including in-depth follow-up interviews). The study was the first of its kind to determine the frequency and severity of gambling problems in a serving UK military population, and it had the largest response of any study of its kind, world-wide.

The project summary report can be found here. With the quantitative survey findings being published here, and the qualitative interview findings being published here.

The project report was launched online, in January 2022, with contributions from Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot (RAF Benevolent Fund Controller) Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford (Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary) Professor Simon Dymond (Professor of Psychology and Behaviour Analysis, Director of the Centre for Military Gambling Research at Swansea University), Alison Wyman, (RAF Benevolent Fund Associate Director Strategy & Impact) and Justyn Larcombe (Expert by Lived Experiences of Gambling).