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Children of parent(s) who have a gambling problem: a review of the literature and commentary on research approaches.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11560734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Problem gambling is becoming an increasingly widespread and damaging social and health problem. As opportunities for gambling become more accessible, especially through lotteries and electronic gaming machines, it is likely that more people will develop serious gambling problems. Given the worldwide increasing spending on gambling activities and the increasing number of problem gamblers, it is unfortunate but likely that the children who grow up in problem gambling families will become an important area of concern for child health and social workers. Considerable research has been undertaken into problem gambling and the adult problem gambler, but within the gambling and child health literature there is almost no recognition of the experiences of children who live in problem-gambling families. Drawing on the findings of the landmark Productivity Commission Report, this review explores the marked increase in gambling and its social effects, especially from the Australian perspective. The damaging social effects of problem gambling on families and children are reviewed and the comparative invisibility of children and young people in such research is discussed. The pervasive influence of developmentalism is critiqued and highlighted in relation to the exclusion of children's perspectives from our research understandings. The review concludes by proposing that adoption of some of the emerging 'new paradigm' approaches to childhood and children's experiences could markedly enhance our understandings of the lives and experiences of this significant group of children and young people.
P Darbyshire; C Oster; H Carrig
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & social care in the community     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0966-0410     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Soc Care Community     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-18     Completed Date:  2001-12-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306359     Medline TA:  Health Soc Care Community     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nursing & Midwifery, Women's & Children's Hospital, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse
Parent-Child Relations*
Spouse Abuse

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