How Can Partners Influence the Gambling Habits of Their Gambler Spouse?

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Côté, M., Tremblay, J., Jiménez-Murcia S., Fernàndez-Aranda F. et Brunelle, N. (2019). How Can Partners Influence the Gambling Habits of Their Gambler Spouse? Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-26.

Résumé

An increasing number of clinical and empirical studies document the coping strategies used by partners of pathological gamblers (PGs). A postulate for this is that they may be useful for dealing with their partner’s problematic gambling behaviors. Despite a widespread endorsement of this postulate, no study has yet documented their effectiveness: does the use of these coping strategies impact the gambler’s behavior? To answer this question, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 participants (8 couples comprising one PG and his or her partner, one partner of a PG, and 2 PGs). Qualitative analysis of the interviews lead to a first main observation: via diverse coping strategies, partners of PGs can influence their spouse’s gambling behaviors. The impact of these strategies may occur as initially expected by partners, that is by a reduction of gambling behaviors. However, the use of certain strategies can also increase the PG’s gambling cravings, though this is not generally their partner’s intention.

Publication du membre
Appartenance aux volets
Santé et Bien-être
Année
2019