Dr Patford said her study was the first she was aware of that focused on male partners rather than female.The study, , included in-depth interviews with a diverse group of 13 men who had concerns about their partner’s gambling, and explored their experiences and responses to the partner’s addiction.
Dr Janet Patford, senior lecturer in the University of Tasmania (UTAS) School of Sociology and Social Work, has published the results of her study into the experiences of the male partners of problem gamblers as part of ongoing research into the impact of gambling.
What are some of the common lies compulsive gamblers tell? By the time someone is deep into gambling, their behavior becomes consistent and predictable.
They will do anything and say anything to get to their primary goal: gambling.
For example, several said they had initially felt sympathy for their partner, and on the assumption that the gambling would stop, had offered loans and paid off gambling debts.
Four participants in the study said that they had separated from their partners, partly because of gambling addiction and the related problems.