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The self concepts and possible selves of problem gamblers : a qualitative exploration

conference contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by K Carnie, Andrew Lewis
The study investigated the self-concepts and possible selves of pathological gamblers. Six female egm users were recruited from a Victorian problem gambling counselling service. Three participants were currently gambling and three were not gambling. They were interviewed in-depth and using thematic analysis four dominant themes were identified. (1) Self-concepts tended to be consistent across all participants, (2) having a past self as being the dominant characteristics of possible selves coincided with greater possible selves clarity, (3) non-gambler’s had more elaborate and specific plans for how to create change than did gambler’s, and (4) non-gambler’s had more plans to become possible selves which address goals of intrinsic meaning, rather then having a general goal to ‘not gamble’. The findings are discussed in terms of implications for the cognitive theory of possible selves and suggestions for further research to investigate the utility of the constructs as a basis for a treatment modality.

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Event

National Association for Gambling Studies. Conference (15th : 2005 : Alice Spring, Northern Territory)

Pagination

41 - 61

Publisher

[National Association for Gambling Studies Inc]

Location

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Place of publication

[Alice Springs, N.T.)

Start date

2005-11-10

End date

2005-11-12

ISBN-13

9780958535830

ISBN-10

0958535833

Language

eng

Notes

This paper is located on the 41st page in the attached link.

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2006, National Association for Gambling Studies

Title of proceedings

NAGS 2005 : Proceedings of the 15th National Association for Gambling Studies Conference, Canberra, 2005

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