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Indigenous gambling motivations, behaviour and consequences in Northern New South Wales, Australia
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
  • Helen Breen, Southern Cross University
  • Nerilee Hing, Southern Cross University
  • Ashley Gordon, Southern Cross University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
Against a background of public health, we sought to examine and explain gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences of Indigenous Australians in northern New South Wales. Adhering to national Aboriginal and ethical guidelines and using qualitative methods, 169 Indigenous Australians were interviewed individually and in small groups using semi-structured interviews. Over 100 in-depth interviews were conducted. Using thematic analysis, the results indicate a range of contrasting social and more problematic gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences. Acknowledging the cultural distinctiveness of Indigenous gambling and distinguishing between their social and more problematic gambling behaviours, motivations and consequences can assist with public health prevention, harm reduction and treatment programs for Indigenous gamblers in all parts of Australia.
Citation Information

Breen, H, Hing, N & Gordon, A 2010, 'Indigenous gambling motivations, behaviour and consequences in Northern New South Wales, Australia', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 9. no. 6., pp. 723-739

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-010-9293-2