Journal article

The family functioning of female pathological gamblers

N Dowling, D Smith, T Thomas

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction | Published : 2009


The available evidence suggests that pathological gambling significantly disrupts family relationships and has a substantial impact on family members. However, these conclusions are based almost exclusively on male pathological gamblers and their female spouses or partners. The current study, which was a secondary study derived from a treatment outcome study for female pathological gamblers, surveyed three samples with the aim to evaluate (1) the quality of the dyadic and family relationships of treatment-seeking female pathological gamblers; (2) the psychological and relationship functioning of their spouses or partners; and (3) the psychological functioning of their children. Although the ..

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