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Erschienen in: Journal of Gambling Studies 4/2021

27.11.2020 | Original Paper

The Relationship Between Family Gambling Problems, Other Family Stressors, and Health Indicators in a Large Population-Representative Sample of Australian Adults

verfasst von: Catherine Tulloch, Matthew Browne, Nerilee Hing, Matthew Rockloff

Erschienen in: Journal of Gambling Studies | Ausgabe 4/2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Harms due to excessive gambling can be experienced by gamblers and those close to them. Family gambling problems (FGPs) are currently under-researched, particularly in population-representative samples. This study aimed to identify prevalence, risk factors, and the complex of stressors and health-related consequences associated with FGPs, as well as isolating the impact of FGPs on physical and psychological health problems.

Methods

We analysed data from the National Health Survey 2011–13, a large (N = 15,475) nationally representative sample of Australian adults. Participants reported on the presence of 14 family stressors (including FGPs), self-assessed health status, and risky health behaviours. Psychological impact was measured by the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale-10, as well as several indicators of the presence of mental health problems.

Results

Overall, 1.7% of households reported a FGP. Interviewees in these households reported three times the number of other stressors than those without a FGP. In addition, they were around eight times more likely to be experiencing other addictions (drug and alcohol related problems) and stressors associated with socially deviant behaviours (trouble with police, abuse or violent crime, and witness to violence). Once age, gender, socioeconomic disadvantage, and other stressors were controlled for, FGPs significantly predicted lower self-assessed health and higher psychological distress.

Conclusions

FGPs occur within a complex of other addictions and stressors, impacting the quality of life of people close to problem gambling. The findings are discussed in relation to their support for General Strain Theory (Agnew, Criminology 30:47–87, 1992).
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Metadaten
Titel
The Relationship Between Family Gambling Problems, Other Family Stressors, and Health Indicators in a Large Population-Representative Sample of Australian Adults
verfasst von
Catherine Tulloch
Matthew Browne
Nerilee Hing
Matthew Rockloff
Publikationsdatum
27.11.2020
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Journal of Gambling Studies / Ausgabe 4/2021
Elektronische ISSN: 1573-3602
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-020-09990-x

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