A grounded theory of the influence of significant life events, psychological co-morbidities and related social factors on gambling involvement

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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), pp. 257 - 273. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-014-9527-9
AuthorsHoldsworth, Louise, Nuske, Elaine and Hing, Nerilee
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.

Keywordssignificant life events; psychological co-morbidities; social supports; resilience; problemgambling
Year2015
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Journal citation13 (2), pp. 257 - 273
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
ISSN1557-1874
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-014-9527-9
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84928638699
Page range257 - 273
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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