Betting Their Lives: The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers

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Overview


There are now more ways than ever to gamble-casinos, corner stores, the internet-and as a result, there are also ever more "problem gamblers," individuals who gamble compulsively to their own detriment. While gambling is promoted as fun and glamorous, the reality is usually very different. Studies suggest that some 1 in 50 adults, or roughly 480,000 Canadians, have a gambling problem. So it is time to take a new and careful look at how gambling affects the lives of all these people.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195430592
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 3.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorne Tepperman is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and is the author of many important books on sociology in Canada. He co-edits a series of books on topics in Canadian sociology, as well as another series on current social issues in Canada. He has been an active member of the International Sociological Association for fifteen years, and among other roles has also been Chair of the Advisory Committee on Social Sciences, Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

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Table of Contents

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

Index 340

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