Problem gambling and intimate partner violence : a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dowling, Nicki, Suomi, Aino, Jackson, Alun, Lavis, Tiffany, Patford, Janet, Cockman, Suzanne, Thomas, Shane, Bellringer, Maria, Koziol-Mclain, Jane, Battersby, Malcolm, Harvey, Peter and Abbott, Max 2016, Problem gambling and intimate partner violence : a systematic review and meta-analysis, Trauma, violence & abuse, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 43-61, doi: 10.1177/1524838014561269.

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Title Problem gambling and intimate partner violence : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Author(s) Dowling, NickiORCID iD for Dowling, Nicki orcid.org/0000-0001-8592-2407
Suomi, Aino
Jackson, Alun
Lavis, Tiffany
Patford, Janet
Cockman, Suzanne
Thomas, Shane
Bellringer, Maria
Koziol-Mclain, Jane
Battersby, Malcolm
Harvey, PeterORCID iD for Harvey, Peter orcid.org/0000-0003-2983-663X
Abbott, Max
Journal name Trauma, violence & abuse
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 61
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1552-8324
Keyword(s) domestic violence
family violence
gambling
intimate partner violence
meta-analysis
systematic review
Summary This study provides a systematic review of the empirical evidence related to the association between problem gambling and intimate partner violence (IPV). We identified 14 available studies in the systematic search (8 for victimisation only, 4 for perpetration only and 2 for both victimisation and perpetration). Although there were some equivocal findings, we found that most of the available research suggests that there is a significant relationship between problem gambling and being a victim of IPV. There was more consistent evidence that there is a significant relationship between problem gambling and perpetration of IPV. Meta-analyses revealed that over one third of problem gamblers report being victims of physical IPV (38.1%) or perpetrators of physical IPV (36.5%) and that the prevalence of problem gambling in IPV perpetrators is 11.3%. Although the exact nature of the relationships between problem gambling and IPV is yet to be determined, the findings suggest that less than full employment and clinical anger problems are implicated in the relationship between problem gambling and IPV victimization and that younger age, less than full employment, clinical anger problems, impulsivity, and alcohol and substance use are implicated in the relationship between problem gambling and IPV perpetration. The findings highlight the need for treatment services to undertake routine screening and assessment of problem gambling, IPV, alcohol and substance use problems, and mental health issues and provide interventions designed to manage this cluster of comorbid conditions. Further research is also required to investigate the relationship between problem gambling and violence that extends into the family beyond intimate partners.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1524838014561269
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069991

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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