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Exploring the relationship between problem gambling and homelessness: Becoming and being homeless

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posted on 29.10.2018, 00:00 by L Holdsworth, M Tiyce, Nerilee HingNerilee Hing
Homelessness and problem gambling are serious social issues in Australia and elsewhere. While a growing body of research has separately explored these issues there has been little research examining the relationship between homelessness and gambling, even though anecdotally service providers have noted a strong association between these issues. This paper explores the relationship between gambling and homelessness with reference to a qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with 17 service clients and 18 service providers. Findings suggest that gambling involvement may be a factor in becoming homeless through its negative impacts on financial resources, relationships and support networks. Gambling may also be a way of easing the conditions of being homeless by providing hope of financial gain, social connectedness and escape from stress. A better understanding of the role gambling plays in becoming and being homeless may assist service providers, governments and communities to develop more effective prevention, intervention and management strategies.

History

Volume

23

Issue

2

Start Page

39

End Page

54

Number of Pages

16

ISSN

1832-4975

Publisher

National Association for Gambling Studies

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Southern Cross University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Gambling Research

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