Barriers to help-seeking 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) Barriers to help-seeking 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: 33-48. doi:10.1007/s10899-008-9113-9


Author Pulford, Justin
Bellringer, Maria
Abbott, Max
Clarke, Dave
Hodgins, David
Williams, Jeremy
Title Barriers to help-seeking 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 2009-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10899-008-9113-9
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 48
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper presents barriers to help-seeking data as reported by users of a national gambling helpline (help-seekers, HS, N = 125) as well as data pertaining to perceived barriers to 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. When asked to identify actual or perceived barriers to seeking help, responses indicative of pride (78% of HS participants, 84% of NHS participants), shame (73% of HS participants, 84% of NHS participants) or denial (87% of NHS participants) were most frequently reported. These three factors were also most often identified as the real or perceived primary barrier to help-seeking (collectively accounting for 55% of HS, and 60% of NHS, responses to this question) and were the only barriers to be identified by more than 10% of either HS and NHS participants without prompting. It was of note, however, that participants in both groups identified multiple barriers to help-seeking (mean of 6.7 and 12.2, respectively) and that, when presented with a list of 21 possible barrier items, NHS participants endorsed 19 of the listed items significantly more often than their HS counterparts. The implications of these findings, with respect to promoting greater or earlier help-seeking activity amongst problem gamblers, are discussed.
Keyword Barriers
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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