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For Worse, for Poorer and in Ill Health: How Women Experience, Understand and Respond to a Partner's Gambling Problems

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Patford, J, For Worse, for Poorer and in Ill Health: How Women Experience, Understand and Respond to a Partner's Gambling Problems, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7, (1) EJ ISSN 1557-1882 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s11469-008-9173-1

Abstract

Gambling is now big business in Australia and public expenditure on gambling is high. Some individuals gamble to excess with adverse consequences for themselves and their partner. The present study targeted women who had concerns about a current or previous partner's gambling and employed a qualitative methodology to explore their experiences, understandings and responses. Various recruitment strategies were used to avoid an excessive reliance on a clinical sample and to attract participants in different walks of life. The final sample comprised twenty-three women, eleven of whom continued to maintain a marital or de facto relationship with the gambler. Data were gathered by means of in-depth interviews and subjected to thematic analysis. Findings from the study indicate that women are likely to be the victims and enablers of their partner's gambling and may also provide informal help and care. Implications for community education programs, formal services and Australian law are discussed. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Problem gambling, Marital and/or de facto partners, Coping strategies
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Family Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Women's Health
UTAS Author:Patford, J (Dr Janet Patford)
ID Code:53307
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-11-25
Last Modified:2010-06-05
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