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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 159–182 | Cite as

The gambling lifestyle: I. theory

  • Glenn D. Walters
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Abstract

This paper describes the lifestyle model of gambling behavior in which compulsive gambling behavior is conceptualized as a lifestyle characterized by pseudoresponsibility, self-ascension, hypercompetitiveness, and social rule breaking/bending/ twisting. The underlying premise of this theory is that gambling behavior takes on the appearance of a lifestyle when it is viewed by the individual as a viable means of enhancing self-worth, minimizing personal insecurity, and controlling fear. Three primary areas of theoretical and research interest are covered in this paper: (1) the theoretical underpinnings of lifestyle theory; (2) the individual components (conditions, choice, cognition) of a gambling lifestyle; and (3) the developmental progression of a gambling lifestyle.

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Research Interest Individual Component Gambling Behavior Theoretical Underpinning Social Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn D. Walters
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  1. 1.Federal Correctional InstitutionSchuylkill

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