"I look at money differently now...": male UK problem gamblers and their relationship to money: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Callman, Sarah (2020) "I look at money differently now...": male UK problem gamblers and their relationship to money: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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Abstract / Description

The gambling industry is a multi-billion pound industry offering diverse opportunities to gamble. The majority of the UK adult population has gambled at some point in their lives with 1-2% having a gambling problem and with males being significantly more likely to become problem gamblers than females. The literature suggests that money plays a complex role in the lives of problem gamblers and may be used as a way of increasing self-image as well as compensating for aspects deemed to be missing in their lives.

This study seeks to explore the experience of money for UK-based males identifying as problem gamblers, providing them with a voice to articulate their subjective experience, which in turn may help to contribute towards better understanding of problem gamblers’ distress, improving treatment outcomes and informing evidence-based research.

Semi-structured interviews were completed with six men who met the inclusion criteria for this study. The transcripts were then analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

A total of three master themes and nine subthemes were identified through the analysis process. The master themes identified were: Money as a Drug, Money and the Perception of the Self, and Money and the Relationship With Others.

The findings suggest that ‘control’, ‘self-worth’ and ‘a lack of attachment to the father’ emerged from the interviews as themes. Money appears to play a pivotal role in enabling the participants to try and prove their sense of worth and wish to remain in control, using winning as a measure of self-worth despite its drastic consequences. Recommendations for both clinical practice and future research are outlined.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.811771
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem gamblers; problem gambling; males; men; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA); counselling psychology; attitudes towards money
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 13:49
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2021 14:52
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5840


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