“When I’m not angry I am anxious”: The lived experiences of individuals in a relationship with a non-help-seeking problem gambler—A hermeneutic phenomenological study

Riley, Ben J, Lawn, Sharon J, Crisp, Beth R and Battersby, Malcolm W 2020, “When I’m not angry I am anxious”: The lived experiences of individuals in a relationship with a non-help-seeking problem gambler—A hermeneutic phenomenological study, Journal of social and personal relationships, vol. 37, no. 8-9, pp. 2529-2550, doi: 10.1177/0265407520928581.

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Title “When I’m not angry I am anxious”: The lived experiences of individuals in a relationship with a non-help-seeking problem gambler—A hermeneutic phenomenological study
Author(s) Riley, Ben J
Lawn, Sharon J
Crisp, Beth RORCID iD for Crisp, Beth R orcid.org/0000-0001-7863-4482
Battersby, Malcolm W
Journal name Journal of social and personal relationships
Volume number 37
Issue number 8-9
Start page 2529
End page 2550
Total pages 22
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-08-01
ISSN 0265-4075
1460-3608
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Communication
Family Studies
Psychology, Social
Psychology
Heideggerian phenomenology
hermeneutics
in-depth interviews
lived experience
partners
problem gambling
qualitative methods
Summary Although the negative effects of problem gambling (PG) are well-documented in respect of gamblers themselves, less research has focused on the experiences of their partners, particularly in situations where the gambler is not help-seeking. Data were drawn from 15 in-depth interviews of partners living with a non-help-seeking problem gambler. Through a hermeneutical-phenomenological analysis, nine central themes emerged: social activity, realization, role conflict, stigma, denial, health issues, disconnectedness, hypervigilance, and security. Findings indicated that living with a non-help-seeking PG partner was characterized by chronic worry, exhaustion, relationship conflict, and an overwhelming sense of isolation. Partners found it exceedingly difficult to reliably detect their partners’ gambling behavior, resulting in chronic hypervigilance, and were reluctant to seek help due to stigma. There is a need for programs that provide both guidance for partners to help protect their well-being and evidence-based strategies to help motivate non-help-seeking problem gamblers to acknowledge their problem and seek help.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0265407520928581
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30139540

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