Gambling and Homelessness: Prevalence and Pathways

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Sharman, S. 2019. Gambling and Homelessness: Prevalence and Pathways. Current Addiction Reports. 6 (2), p. 57–64.
AuthorsSharman, S.
Abstract

Purpose of Review

The review sought to present research pertaining to gambling and homelessness. Findings mapping the prevalence of disordered gambling within the homeless and those exploring the bi-directional nature of the relationship are discussed. The review explores theoretical explanations for the appeal of gambling to homeless individuals and discusses future directions.
Recent Findings

Research indicates the prevalence of disordered gambling is significantly higher in the homeless, comparable to the general population. Further research indicates that gambling is more commonly a factor contributing to homelessness, that gambling disorders are often overlooked by homeless services, and that support services are often inadequate.
Summary

Disordered gambling is common in homelessness; however, the relationship is bi-directional. Gambling can be a direct cause of homelessness, a secondary contributing factor, or only develop after the individual has become homeless. Potential for significant life change is a motivating factor for gambling; for a homeless individual, a small win could be the difference between eating and not eating, or between sleeping in a hostel or on the street. Homeless services can provide a platform for problem identification and direction to the provision of support.

JournalCurrent Addiction Reports
Journal citation6 (2), p. 57–64
ISSN2196-2952
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s40429-019-00242-6
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-019-00242-6
Publication dates
Online16 Apr 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted16 Apr 2019
Deposited31 Jul 2019
Copyright holder© 2019 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Copyright informationThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Current Addiction Reports. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40429-019-00242-6.
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