Reasons for seeking help for a gambling problem: the experiences of gamblers who have sought specialist assistance and the perceptions of those who have not

Pulford, Justin, Bellringer, Maria, Abbott, Max, Clarke, Dave, Hodgins, David and Williams, Jeremy (2009) Reasons for seeking help for a gambling problem: the experiences of gamblers who have sought specialist assistance and the perceptions of those who have not. Journal of Gambling Studies, 25 1: 19-32. doi:10.1007/s10899-008-9112-x


Author Pulford, Justin
Bellringer, Maria
Abbott, Max
Clarke, Dave
Hodgins, David
Williams, Jeremy
Title Reasons for seeking help for a gambling problem: the experiences of gamblers who have sought specialist assistance and the perceptions of those who have not
Journal name Journal of Gambling Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-3602
1050-5350
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10899-008-9112-x
Open Access Status
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 32
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper presents reasons for help-seeking data as reported by users of a national gambling helpline (help-seekers, HS, n = 125) as well as data pertaining to perceived reasons for seeking help as reported by gamblers recruited from the general population (non-help-seekers, NHS, n = 104). All data were collected via a structured, multi-modal survey. Participants in both groups considered help-seeking to be motivated by multiple factors (mean of 6.8 and 10.6 responses, respectively). Responses indicative of financial concern were most frequently reported by both HS and NHS participants (82 & 90%, respectively). Over a third of HS participants (35%) also identified financial concern as their primary reason for seeking help and 50% of NHS participants perceived financial concern to be the primary motivator for seeking help in a problem gambling context. Common types of secondary influence (other than financial concern) included psychological distress (HS & NHS participants), problem prevention (HS participants), rational thought (HS participants), physical health issues (HS participants), and relationship issues (NHS participants). The implications for promoting greater or earlier help-seeking activity amongst problem gamblers are discussed.
Keyword Help-seeking
Problem gambling
New Zealand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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