Family violence in gambling help-seeking populations

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Palmer du Preez, Katie, Bellringer, Maria, Pearson, Janet, Dowling, Nicki, Suomi, Aino, Koziol-Mclain, Jane, Wilson, Denise and Jackson, Alun. (2018). Family violence in gambling help-seeking populations. International Gambling Studies. 18(3), pp. 477-494. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2018.1480648
AuthorsPalmer du Preez, Katie, Bellringer, Maria, Pearson, Janet, Dowling, Nicki, Suomi, Aino, Koziol-Mclain, Jane, Wilson, Denise and Jackson, Alun
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Elevated rates of family violence among treatment-seeking problem gamblers compared to general population estimates have been reported in Spain, Canada and Australia. This study examined the occurrence of family violence among 454 problem gambling help-seeking clients (370 gamblers, 84 affected others) recruited through 3 national gambling treatment services in New Zealand. Measures used were the Problem Gambling Severity Index, and a modified version of the HITS Scale which assessed physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. Past-year family violence among gamblers in this sample was 46.8% for victimization, 41.2% for perpetration and 55.0% for any form of family violence. Among affected others the occurrence was 65.5% for victimization, 57.1% for perpetration and 71.4% for any form of violence. The most common type of violence was verbal intimate partner violence. Affected others and women gamblers reported higher rates of violence victimization and perpetration. These findings underscore the importance of screening gambling help-seeking clients for family violence, and the development of prevention and treatment programmes to address violence in this population, with particular attention to affected others and women gamblers. Future research should assess coercive control and the gendered nature of family violence among problem gambling help-seekers.

Keywordsfamily violence; problem gambling; treatment seeking; screening; affected others
Year2018
JournalInternational Gambling Studies
Journal citation18 (3), pp. 477-494
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1445-9795
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2018.1480648
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85054179380
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Page range477-494
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Accepted20 May 2018
Deposited06 Sep 2021
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