Anonymous Women? A Scoping Review of the Experiences of Women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

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Rogers, J., Landon, J., Sharman, S. and Roberts, A. 2019. Anonymous Women? A Scoping Review of the Experiences of Women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-019-00101-5
AuthorsRogers, J., Landon, J., Sharman, S. and Roberts, A.
Abstract

Women are participating in gambling at levels approaching those of men, and although levels of disordered gambling remain lower in women than in men, significant numbers are affected. Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a mainstay of help to problem gamblers in many countries. A scoping review was conducted which specifically addressed the experiences of women who attend GA. Within the 25 identified relevant studies, only two reported empirical data on the specific numbers of women attending. A range of barriers still remain to the participation of women in these communities. These include ‘external’ barriers such as lack of referral and signposting, lack of accessible meetings, and costs of travel; ‘internal’ barriers such as shame, stigma, and fear of disclosure; and features of the GA meetings and discourse, such as a climate which is dismissive of women’s experiences.

JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
ISSN1557-1874
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-019-00101-5
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Accepted18 Jun 2019
Deposited16 Jul 2019
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