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Title: In dire straits : the addictive career of compulsive gamblers
Authors: Attard, Janice (2009)
Keywords: Compulsive gamblers -- Malta
Compulsive behavior -- Malta
Psychology -- Malta
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Attard, J. (2009). In dire straits : the addictive career of compulsive gamblers (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: People with a gambling problem show minimal signs to indicate that they have an addiction. In most cases, compulsive gambling goes unnoticed until it is too late and extensive damage has been done. This dissertation explored the process of the gambling career from the beginning to the end, based on the profound experiences told by the gamblers themselves. The interviews were semi structured, so that in depth analysis could be undertaken. The raw data was transcribed and analysed by utilizing grounded theory, where nine main themes emerged. This study suggests that childhood experiences, as well as past and present stressors are important issues in the development of a compulsive gambler. The mechanism of a gamblers mind is in many ways different to that of a non-compulsive gambler, rendering the individual more subject to the addiction.
Description: B.PSY.(HONS)
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