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The yoke of care: how parents and parents-in-law experience, understand and respond to adult children's gambling


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Patford, J (2007) The yoke of care: how parents and parents-in-law experience, understand and respond to adult children's gambling. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 13 (3). pp. 59-68. ISSN 1448-7527

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Clinical commentaries and research studies have described the effects of problem gambling on families, but they have usually focused on immediate rather than extended family members. To offset this bias, the present study aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the various ways in which parents and parents-in-law experience and understand adult children's gambling problems. Thirteen parents and two parents-in-law volunteered to participate in the study. Their experiences and perspectives were explored through in-depth interuiews, emails and telephone
discussions. Findings from the study indicate that the repercussions of an adult child's gambling may damage parents and parents-in-law financially, complicate their family relationships and erode their health and wellbeing. Implications for formal service provision are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Gambling, Adult children, Parents
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Primary Health
Publisher: La Trobe University
Page Range: pp. 59-68
ISSN: 1448-7527
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:17
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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