Problem gambling family impacts: development of the problem gambling Family Impact Scale

Dowling, N.A., Suomi, A., Jackson, A.C. and Lavis, T. 2016, Problem gambling family impacts: development of the problem gambling Family Impact Scale, Journal of gambling studies, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 935-955, doi: 10.1007/s10899-015-9582-6.

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Title Problem gambling family impacts: development of the problem gambling Family Impact Scale
Author(s) Dowling, N.A.ORCID iD for Dowling, N.A.
Suomi, A.
Jackson, A.C.
Lavis, T.
Journal name Journal of gambling studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 935
End page 955
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1050-5350
Keyword(s) gambling
significant others
Summary Although family members of problem gamblers frequently present to treatment services, problem gambling family impacts are under-researched. The most commonly endorsed items on a new measure of gambling-related family impacts [Problem Gambling Family Impact Measure (PG-FIM: Problem Gambler version)] by 212 treatment-seeking problem gamblers included trust (62.5 %), anger (61.8 %), depression or sadness (58.7 %), anxiety (57.7 %), distress due to gambling-related absences (56.1 %), reduced quality time (52.4 %), and communication breakdowns (52.4 %). The PG-FIM (Problem Gambler version) was comprised of three factors: (1) financial impacts, (2) increased responsibility impacts, and (3) psychosocial impacts with good psychometric properties. Younger, more impulsive, non-electronic gaming machine (EGM) gamblers who had more severe gambling problems reported more financial impacts; non-EGM gamblers with poorer general health reported more increased responsibility impacts; and more impulsive non-EGM gamblers with more psychological distress and higher gambling severity reported more psychosocial impacts. The findings have implications for the development of interventions for the family members of problem gamblers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10899-015-9582-6
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
1506 Tourism
1701 Psychology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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