Sex Differences in the Treatment Needs and Outcomes of Problem Gamblers

  • authors:

    Jennifer Borrell, Beth R. Crisp, Wei-ying Ho, Tangerine A. Holt, Alun C. Jackson, Serena Smith, Shane A. Thomas, Neil Thomason
  • published in

    : 2000
  • summary

    : Previous studies have found significant differences between men and women who have sought help for problems associated with their gambling. Although this raises the possibility of differing treatment needs, much of the research into treating problem gamblers is based on all-male samples. This article seeks to remedy this situation by reporting on sex differences in the treatment of 1,520 problem gamblers, almost half of whom are female, who sought help from the publicly funded Break Even counseling services in the state of Victoria, Australia, between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1997. Statistical data about all clients and their consultations was collected and pooled to form a minimum data set. In contrast to the primarily external concerns such as employment and legal matters reported by males, females attending for problem gambling counseling were more likely to report problems with their physical and intrapersonal functioning and, for those whose cases were formally terminated, were more likely to report resolution of their problems. Male clients were more likely to have their cases closed and be referred to other agencies for assistance.
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  • type

    : article in serial publication
  • publisher

    : SAGE Publications
  • is part of a publication

    : Research on Social Work Practice
  • volume

    : 10
  • issue

    : 3
  • copyright

    : Copyright © 2000 by SAGE Publications
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 229 - end page: 242
  • keywords

    : problem gambling , sex differences , treatment needs
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