Psychological Impacts of Gambling Disorder on Gamblers' Families


  • King Yiu Hui Upper Iowa University, Hong Kong


The aim of this study is to study the psychological impacts of gambling disorders on the gamblers' significant others. In this qualitative investigation, six Chinese participants were interviewed on a semi-structure interview, which was grounded on the DSM-V classification of gambling disorder. Further, the interview covered the participants’ developmental history including their family relationships, career development and their involvement in gambling. All participants were also assessed with the Chinese version of Beck Depressive Scale. The results indicate that the family members of gamblers suffered from a variety of psychological problems, which include depression and anxiety. These problems were often the consequences of the gambling problems of the spouse. The majority of the participants did not seek treatment for their problems. It might be the Chinese tradition that gambling problem is a shame for the whole family.