Cultural Narratives of Chinese American Recovering Gamblers in Group Treatment

  • Eddie Yu-Wai Chiu Richmond Area Multi-Service, San Francisco

Abstract

Recent studies have shown that Chinese Americans have disproportionately high rates of problem and pathological gambling. However, to date there are only a few culturally specific treatment programs in Northern America that focus on gambling problems in this population. Despite that many Chinese gamblers respond positively to these programs, factors contributing to the recovery are largely unknown. In order to achieve a better understanding of the issues related to providing culturally sensitive and effective intervention, it is important to explore the experiences of recovering gamblers in treatment. This is a preliminary project to collect cultural narratives of Chinese recovering gamblers in group treatment. Cultural perception of gambling problems and recovery experiences would be examined.