Anonymous steps: gender and Gamblers Anonymous

Rogers, Jim (2015) Anonymous steps: gender and Gamblers Anonymous. In: Women and Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction, 24th June 2015, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

The biggest source of help for problem gamblers remains gamblers anonymous (GA) in terms of accessibility and availability. GA has traditionally been very much a male preserve. This paper reports on a literature review of Gamblers Anonymous together with data from observations of a contemporary open GA meeting over a one year period.
Whilst some studies from North America suggest a changing culture and gender balance within GA programmes observations from the North of England, supported by some data from the rest of the UK suggest that GA remains male dominated and that women participate almost exclusively as partners of men with problems. The recent arrival to the UK of a 'women preferred' GA meeting format (effectively a women only group) perhaps points to a useful way forward for at least some of the estimated 60,000 women in the UK who have gambling related problems.

Keywords:Gamblers Anonymous, Women, Gender
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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ID Code:17792
Deposited On:09 Jul 2015 10:48

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