Anonymous women? A scoping review of the experiences of women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

Rogers, Jim and Sharman, Stephen and Roberts, Amanda and Landon, Jason (2019) Anonymous women? A scoping review of the experiences of women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA). International Journal of Mental Health . ISSN 0020-7411

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-019-00101-5

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Abstract

Women are participating in gambling at levels approaching those of men, and although levels of disordered gambling remain lower in women than in men, significant numbers are affected. Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a mainstay of help to problem gamblers in many countries. A scoping review was conducted which specifically addressed the experiences of women who attend GA. Within the 25 identified relevant studies, only two reported empirical data on the specific numbers of women attending. A range of barriers still remain to the participation of women in these communities. These include 'external' barriers such as lack of referral and signposting, lack of accessible meetings, and costs of travel; 'internal' barriers such as shame, stigma, and fear of disclosure; and features of the GA meetings and discourse, such as a climate which is dismissive of women's experiences.

Keywords:Gamblers Anonymous; Women; gender; Disordered Gambling; Barriers to participation
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L590 Social Work not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:35942
Deposited On:15 May 2019 08:59

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