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A Grounded Theory of the Influence of Significant Life Events, Psychological co-Morbidities and Related Social Factors on Gambling Involvement

Holdsworth, Louise, Nuske, Elaine and Hing, Nerilee (2015). A Grounded Theory of the Influence of Significant Life Events, Psychological co-Morbidities and Related Social Factors on Gambling Involvement. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,13(2):257-273.

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Title A Grounded Theory of the Influence of Significant Life Events, Psychological co-Morbidities and Related Social Factors on Gambling Involvement
Author Holdsworth, Louise
Nuske, Elaine
Hing, Nerilee
Journal Name International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1557-1882   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84928638699
Start Page 257
End Page 273
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This study aimed to explore how gambling involvement and gambling-related problems may be affected by significant life events, psychological co-morbidities and related social factors. Twenty recreational gamblers and 20 people experiencing gambling problems were interviewed, with reflective first-person accounts being analysed to develop a grounded theory. While both groups had experienced various significant life events and psychological co-morbidity, they coped with such events in different ways. The problem gambling group was found to increase their gambling involvement, unlike the recreational gambling group. In contrast to the problem gambling group, most recreational gamblers had strong social support networks and a resilience that helped them cope with significant life events and co-morbidities. A major finding of this study is the importance of resilience and social support when coping with adversity as protective factors against gambling problems. A grounded theory framework is presented as a basis for further research in this area.
Keywords Significant life events
Psychological co-morbidities
Social supports
Resilience
Problem gambling
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-014-9527-9   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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