An exploratory study of the impacts of gambling on affected others accessing a social service

Landon, Jason and Grayson, Elizabeth and Roberts, Amanda (2017) An exploratory study of the impacts of gambling on affected others accessing a social service. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction . ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Problem gambling affects many people beyond the problem gambler themselves. Help-seeking is relatively rare among affected others, especially those in lower socioeconomic communities. However, these affected others are sometimes in contact with other support agencies. The present research interviewed 10 people seeking support through a social agency who reported being affected by someone else’s gambling. Data from semi-structured interviews were analysed using an inductive descriptive approach to identify three themes: 1) This is ugly; 2) It affects everything; and 3) I just do it by myself. The results highlight the normality of harmful gambling across generations, the lack of any positive aspects to gambling for affected others, and the impacts on families and children. Specific gambling-related help seeking remains rare, however the opportunity to provide support, information and advice on approaches to coping to affected others as they contact social services is highlighted.

Keywords:problem gambling, affected others, help seeking, social support, coping, qualitative analysis
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:27832
Deposited On:12 Jul 2017 13:17

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