A narrative analysis of help-seeking behaviour and critical change points for recovering problem gamblers: The power of storytelling

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Nuske, Elaine and Hing, Nerilee. (2013). A narrative analysis of help-seeking behaviour and critical change points for recovering problem gamblers: The power of storytelling. Australian Social Work. 66(1), pp. 39 - 55. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.715656
AuthorsNuske, Elaine and Hing, Nerilee
Abstract

Proportionately few problem gamblers seek formal help for gambling problems. However, research into gambling help-seeking behaviour is limited, especially qualitative studies capturing experiences of recovery. This paper conducted narrative analysis of in-depth interviews relating the help-seeking behaviour of 10 recovering problem gamblers. A common temporal sequence moved from self-help, professional and nonprofessional help, then returned to self-help, in a journey that emphasised the importance of their sharing of narratives. Key themes in the plot structures were: self-loathing and loss of identity; fear of failure, of the loss of the gambling experience, and of being judged; negotiation of control, being in control, and needing to be in control; changing based on insight, cognitive behavioural interventions, or integrative interventions; and finally, the shared narrative. The findings highlight the need for policy makers and practitioners to acknowledge the power of narrative and to open the door to a broader community awareness of problem gambling.

Keywordsgambling; narrative therapy; counselling; help-seeking; qualitative research
Year2013
JournalAustralian Social Work
Journal citation66 (1), pp. 39 - 55
PublisherAustralian Association Of Social Workers
ISSN0312-407X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.715656
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84874667101
Page range39 - 55
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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