1. Introduction


We are excited to conduct the first nationwide survey designed to document the lives of family members of people who are or have been problem gamblers. While much is known about the many costs of problem gambling, we know very little about what happens to family members of those engaging in problem gambling. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of family members.


Anyone who considers themselves a family member, friend or loved one of a person who has engaged in problem gambling is encouraged to complete the survey. Problem gambling refers to gambling behaviour that is disruptive or damaging. Although the term “family” is used in this survey, this is interpreted broadly to include not only partners, parents, siblings and children of people with gambling problems, but also other intimates. If gambling has affected several loved ones, please consider the relationship that has affected you the most. You are also welcome to share your past experiences of a loved one who has passed away. Additionally, if you know other people who may also be interested in sharing their experiences for this important project, please send them the survey link and encourage them to participate. Thanks for your help!


Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please note that none of the questions are compulsory. Please answer as many questions as you feel comfortable completing - some questions may be personal and intrusive to some. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason. However, all the questions are related to scientific measurements of your experiences. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

The survey remains open until 31 March 2018.


Please note that we can mail you a hard copy of the survey with a prepaid and self-addressed envelope if you prefer this. Please email your address to Dr James Banks at the email address below.

Email us at: j.banks@shu.ac.uk

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