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Measuring problem gambling in Indigenous communities : an Australian response to the research dilemmas

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Bertossa, P Harvey
This paper examines evidence relating to harmful consequences of gambling in the Australian Indigenous population and highlights the failure of research to date to define problem gambling from Indigenous perspectives or to tailor research processes to accommodate the cultural beliefs and experiences of Indigenous groups. It advocates for the development of a unique set of measures to assess the function of problem gambling aspects, negative impacts, trends, risks and protective factors. This would be informed by more recent qualitative studies into gambling that are specific to Indigenous communities. Additionally, this paper argues the need to adapt and validate a commonly applied assessment tool, such as the Canadian Problem Gambling Index, to monitor prevalence of problem gambling over time. Targeted research into Indigenous people's experiences of gambling will facilitate the development of culturally based responses and interventions into problem gambling.

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Journal

Australian Aboriginal studies

Issue

2

Pagination

21 - 30

Publisher

Aboriginal Studies Press

Location

Acton, A.C.T.

ISSN

0729-4352

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Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, Aboriginal Studies Press

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