ERIC Number: EJ962566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Gambling Consequences for Indigenous Australians in North Queensland
Breen, Helen M.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v10 n2 p258-272 Apr 2012
The purpose of this paper was to examine risk and protective factors associated with the consequences of card gambling and commercial gambling for Indigenous Australians in north Queensland. With Indigenous Elders' approval and using qualitative methodology, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 60 Indigenous and 48 non-Indigenous Australians in three north Queensland sites. Risk factors associated with both card and commercial gambling consequences were found to be poverty and a reluctance to seek gambling help, while for card gambling only, generational influences was a risk factor. In contrast, protective factors for both card and commercial gambling consequences were reported as positive role models, family relatedness and cultural resilience. Culturally distinctive risk and protective factors, once identified, can be the target of public health strategies to promote responsible gambling awareness among Indigenous gamblers.
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Personality Traits, Role Models, Public Health, Risk, Interviews, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Poverty, Correlation, Mental Health, Community Health Services, Evaluation Methods, Older Adults, Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia