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Linked lives: adult children's experiences of late onset parental gambling problems


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Patford, J 2007 , 'Linked lives: adult children's experiences of late onset parental gambling problems' , International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 5, no. 4 , pp. 367-380 , doi: 10.1007/s11469-007-9077-5.

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Empirical studies indicate how parental gambling affects young children, but we do
not know how adult children cope when parents develop gambling problems in middle or late
life. The primary aim of this qualitative study was to explore adult children’s experiences and
perspectives in regard to late onset parental gambling. Greater knowledge is needed to inform
the development of counselling and advisory services and public policy more generally.
Participants were 15 adult children whose lives had been in some way affected by parental
gambling. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews and written accounts. Findings
indicate that the problems and dilemmas created by parental gambling have the potential to
impose considerable stress on adult children and that some of these children are heavily
involved in the provision of informal care. Implications for formal services are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Patford, J
Keywords: Gambling problems . Parents . Adult children
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1557-1874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11469-007-9077-5
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