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Problem gambling has traditionally been seen as an individual issue: it's your problem, you deal with it. But this new book, the only study of its kind, takes an innovative sociological approach, considering problem gambling as a public health issue (it has social causes and significant health outcomes). Betting Their Lives is based on first-hand interviews that take us right into the lives of a selection of problem gamblers; we see how gambling is influenced by, and in turn influences, relationships with intimate partners - husbands, wives, children.
Based on important new research by outstanding Canadian sociologist Lorne Tepperman, this book looks into the personal relationships of problem gamblers, and comes out with some surprising results. It provides a superb discussion of expert opinion on the subject, includes first-hand narratives of those who have suffered from gambling addictions, and brings essential new explanatory concepts to the issue.
While more research is required into this growing problem, Betting Their Lives introduces a new and urgently needed understanding of problem gambling.
I Problem Gambling
1 Introduction 3
2 Groups, Families, and Gambling: A Sociological Approach 19
3 The Research Project 52
II Gambling and Family Problems
4 Gamblers and Gambling Practices 71
5 Gambling Beliefs of Respondents 89
6 The Downward Spiral of Gambling 113
7 Worsening Family Relations 134
8 Lack of Spouse Awareness 158
9 Weak Couple Embeddedness 185
10 Inability to Promote Treatment and Change 210
11 Ability to Promote Treatment and Change 236
III Future Directions
12 What Have We Learned? 265
13 Recommendations for Treatment, Policy, and Research 286
14 Regulation Theory: A Statement and Proposed Tests 313
Works Cited 321