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Type: Journal article
Title: Motivators for change and barriers to help-seeking in Australian problem gamblers
Author: Evans, L.
Delfabbro, P.
Citation: Journal of Gambling Studies, 2005; 21(2):133-155
Publisher: Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1050-5350
1573-3602
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Lyn Evans and Paul H. Delfabbro
Abstract: Although prevalence studies consistently indicate that many thousands of Australians experience gambling-related problems, only a relatively small proportion of these people seek professional help. This study examines the principal motivations for, and impediments to, help-seeking in a sample of 77 problem gamblers recruited from agencies and the general community. The results indicated that profession help-seeking is predominantly crisis-driven rather than being motived by a gradual recognition of problematic behaviour. Shame, denial and social factors were identified as the most significant barriers to change rather than a lack of knowledge, or dislike of, treatment agencies. The value of early interventions including the screening of gamblers in routine medical consultations and partner support strategies is discussed.
Keywords: Humans; Behavior, Addictive; Gambling; Intention; Self Efficacy; Social Environment; Adult; Middle Aged; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; South Australia; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires
Description: The original publication can be found at www.springerlink.com
RMID: 0020052147
DOI: 10.1007/s10899-005-3029-4
Description (link): http://www.springer.com/medicine/psychiatry/journal/10899
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