Problem gambling, familial violence and alcohol misuse: exploring the triad for treatment-seekers

Lavis, Tiffany J, Harvey, Peter W, Battersby, Malcolm W and Smith, David P 2015, Problem gambling, familial violence and alcohol misuse: exploring the triad for treatment-seekers, International gambling studies, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 273-284, doi: 10.1080/14459795.2015.1042492.

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Title Problem gambling, familial violence and alcohol misuse: exploring the triad for treatment-seekers
Author(s) Lavis, Tiffany J
Harvey, Peter WORCID iD for Harvey, Peter W
Battersby, Malcolm W
Smith, David P
Journal name International gambling studies
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 273
End page 284
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1445-9795
Keyword(s) problem gambling
alcohol misuse
Summary Research into the co-occurrence of problem gambling, familial violence, and alcohol misuse is limited. While these issues have been considered in combination (i.e.violence and alcohol misuse, problem gambling and alcohol misuse, problem gambling and violence), within Australia, in particular, there has been an absence of exploration of this triad. The current research attempts to fill the gap in the literature, to establish whether there is any difference between problem gamblers with co-occurring violence and problem gamblers who had not experienced violence in terms of their alcohol misuse and gambling behaviours. Interviews were conducted with 81 treatment- seeking problem gamblers to explore how a history of victimization only, perpetration only, victimization and perpetration, or no history of family violence impacted on gambling behaviours (including baseline Victorian Gambling Screen), as well as alcohol misuse. Results indicated that in this treatment-seeking sample there were no significant differences for gambling behaviours or alcohol misuse between problem gamblers with issues of violence and those without. Males demonstrated (on average) a greater tendency toward hazardous drinking or disordered alcohol use. It would be prudent for treatment services to routinely examine problem gamblers’ history of violence and alcohol misuse until research verifies the nature of this triad
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14459795.2015.1042492
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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