Research Report

Individual Wellbeing and Bridge: An Empirical Analysis



McDonnell D, Punch S & Small C (2017) Individual Wellbeing and Bridge: An Empirical Analysis. English Bridge Education and Development (EBED). Aylesbury: English Bridge Education & Development (EBED).

There is a growing interest in the Sociology of bridge. This research is part of a wider examination of bridge from a sociological and medical perspective, and is conducted with the intention of providing some of the groundwork for a larger study of the social and cognitive benefits of playing bridge, in particular its role in delaying the onset and reducing the severity of dementia (Ashworth et al., 2016; Graham & Punch, 2016). At the top level, bridge can be a professional card game played full-time by experts who are sponsored to play in teams. It is a mind sport that, even at amateur level, requires much work in terms of developing bridge partnerships and strategies. The dynamics of bridge can be understood in relation to a range of sociological areas such as gender, class, age and generation, identity. In this paper we address another key sociological topic: individual wellbeing. This exploratory study contributes to the evidence base on the benefits of playing bridge by answering the following research questions: 1. What are the characteristics of bridge players and their playing habits? 2. Is there an association between playing bridge and measures of individual wellbeing?  Related dataset available at:

individual wellbeing; quality of life; bridge; benefits of bridge; aging

Publication date31/12/2017
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PublisherEnglish Bridge Education & Development (EBED)
Publisher URL…cal-analysis.pdf
Place of publicationAylesbury

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Professor Samantha Punch

Professor Samantha Punch

Professor, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology