Differentiating normal and problem gambling: a grounded theory approach.

RICKETTS, T. and MACASKILL, A. (2004). Differentiating normal and problem gambling: a grounded theory approach. Addiction Research and Theory, 12 (1), 77-87.


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A previous study (Ricketts & Macaskill, 2003) delineated a theory of problem gambling based on the experiences of treatment seeking male gamblers and allowed predictions to be made regarding the processes that differentiate between normal and problem gamblers. These predictions are the focus of the present study, which also utilised a grounded theory approach, but with a sample of male high frequency normal gamblers. The findings suggest that there are common aspects of gambling associated with arousal and a sense of achievement. The use of gambling to manage negative emotional states differentiated normal and problem gambling. Perceived self-efficacy , emotion management skills and perceived likelihood of winning money back were intervening variables differentiating problem and normal gamblers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem gambling, grounded theory, emotion management
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/1606635031000112546
Page Range: 77-87
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:19
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/99

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