Problem Gambling in Non-English Speaking Background Communities in Queensland, Australia: A Qualitative Exploration

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Title Problem Gambling in Non-English Speaking Background Communities in Queensland, Australia: A Qualitative Exploration
Author Scull, Sue; Woolcock, Geoffrey William Elliott
Journal Name International Gambling Studies
Year Published 2005
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper provides an overview of qualitative research into problem gambling among non-English speaking background (NESB) communities in Queensland, Australia. The focus for this pilot study was the Chinese, Greek and Vietnamese communities. Using qualitative methodologies, this community-based research explored the motivations for gambling, and the impacts of problem gambling upon individuals and communities. Findings indicate that problem gambling is evident in each of the communities of study, but the issue is characterised by a pervasive sense of denial. Gambling is an issue of enormous shame and stigma, not only for the problem gambler but their entire family. As a result, most problem gamblers do not seek professional help but try to resolve the problem themselves or within the family unit. Research findings indicate that service access could be increased through a range of strategies including the provision of culturally appropriate community education and gambling help services, partnerships between NESB communities, gambling help services and community workers, and the development and implementation of preventative strategies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14459795.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459790500097939
Volume 5
Issue Number 1
Page from 29
Page to 44
ISSN 1445-9795
Date Accessioned 2007-07-10
Date Available 2009-10-02T06:02:22Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Studies in Human Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15510
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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