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The Counterfeit Hero’s Journey of the Pathological Gambler: A Phenomenological Hermeneutics Investigation

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dc.contributor.author Nixon, Gary
dc.contributor.author Solowoniuk, Jason
dc.contributor.author McGowan, Virginia
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-17T21:22:31Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-17T21:22:31Z
dc.date.issued 2006-07
dc.identifier.citation Nixon, G., Solowoniuk, J., & McGowan, V. (2006). The counterfeit hero’s journey of the pathological gambler: A phenomenological hermeneutics investigation. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 4(3), 217-232. en
dc.identifier.issn 1557-1882
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/368
dc.description The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en
dc.description.abstract This research study sought to interpret and strove toward understanding the lived experience of 13 pathological gambler from an archetypal–mythic perspective. Through a phenomenological hermeneutics inquiry, 11 clusters of themes were illuminated. These themes highlighted a three stage mythical journey that elucidated how gambling began as regular pastime, but ended in failure in regards to becoming extraordinary and financially secure. Thus, resulting in extreme gambling behaviors such as psychological distress, family disintegration, and self-effacement. Clinical implications from this inquiry suggest that understanding pathological gambling from a archetypal–mythical perspective not only encapsulates our current paradiagms of thought about gambling, but may offer a more a holistic approach to understanding the pathological gambler as it sets its theoretical tenets in a cultural, historical, and psychosocial world. en
dc.description.sponsorship Alberta Gaming Research Institute en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject Pathological Gambling en
dc.subject Gambling en
dc.subject Mythic Structures en
dc.subject Archetypes en
dc.subject Hero's journey en
dc.subject Phenomenological Hermeneutics en
dc.title The Counterfeit Hero’s Journey of the Pathological Gambler: A Phenomenological Hermeneutics Investigation en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School Health Sciences en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en

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