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"Double trouble": The lived experience of problem and pathological gambling in later life

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dc.contributor.author Nixon, Gary
dc.contributor.author Solowoniuk, Jason
dc.contributor.author Hagen, Brad F.
dc.contributor.author Williams, Robert J.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-17T23:05:12Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-17T23:05:12Z
dc.date.issued 2005-09
dc.identifier.citation Nixon, G., Solowiniuk, J., Hagen, B., & Williams, R. J. (2005). "Double trouble": The lived experience of problem and pathological gambling in later life. Journal of Gambling Issues, 14. en
dc.identifier.issn 1494-5185
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/374
dc.description.abstract Objective: The objective of this phenomenological qualitative study was to explore the lived experience of older adults who engage in problem or pathological gambling. Method and sample: Older adults who gambled were recruited and were administered two gambling screens to ensure that they met the criteria for problem or pathological gambling. Eleven problem-pathological gamblers were identified and contributed their narratives via in-depth interviews about their experiences of problem or pathological gambling. Results: Several themes arising from the interviews were similar to patterns identified with younger gamblers, yet distinct patterns emerged. Some older gamblers gamble as an opportunity to break away and escape from traditional roles and go to extreme measures to continue their gambling while hiding it from significant others. Conclusion: Despite research suggesting few seniors encounter problems with gambling, this qualitative study suggests that gambling can have devastating consequences. Older adults may have lessened ability and time to recover from these consequences or from hitting bottom. en
dc.description.sponsorship Alberta Gaming Research Institute en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Centre for Addiction and Mental Health en
dc.subject gambling en
dc.subject narrative en
dc.subject older adults en
dc.subject problem gambling en
dc.subject pathological gambling en
dc.subject phenomenology en
dc.subject aged en
dc.title "Double trouble": The lived experience of problem and pathological gambling in later life en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en

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