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Stacking the odds: A phenomenological study of non-problem gambling in later life

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dc.contributor.author Hagen, Brad F.
dc.contributor.author Nixon, Gary
dc.contributor.author Solowoniuk, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-25T20:27:04Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-25T20:27:04Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Hagen, B., Nixon, G., & Solowoniuk, J. (2005). Stacking the odds: A phenomenological study of non-problem gambling in later life. Canadian Journal on Aging, 24(4), 115-124. en
dc.identifier.issn 0714-9808
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/401
dc.description Abstract only. Full electronic version available from http://hdl.handle.net/1880/44095 en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this exploratory, phenomenological-hermeneutic study was to explore the experience of non-problem gambling by older adults. Twelve older gamblers were identified as non-problem gamblers using two gambling screens and participated in in-depth interviews about their experience of gambling. Two major themes emerged from the interviews: the attractions of gambling and methods to keep gambling in control. Older persons sought out gambling for a variety of reasons: social contact, the food and the excitement, chances to give to charity, chances to have an inexpensive holiday, and the need for a safe way to be "bad". Participants also described a number of cognitive and behavioural strategies to keep their gambling from becoming a problem. The results of this small exploratory study suggest that gambling is a popular form of social entertainment for older persons, although the main attractions of gambling have little or nothing to do with gambling itself. Older persons also appear to possess numerous strategies to keep gambling from becoming a problem. en
dc.description.sponsorship The authors wish to gratefully acknowledge the research funding support of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute (AGRI) for this project, and Dr. Robert Williams for his review of this manuscript. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Toronto Press en
dc.subject Gambling -- Social aspects -- Canada en
dc.subject Older people -- Recreation -- Canada en
dc.subject Phenomenological sociology -- Canada en
dc.title Stacking the odds: A phenomenological study of non-problem 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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