Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 133–155 | Cite as

Motivators for Change and Barriers to Help-Seeking in Australian Problem Gamblers

  • Lyn Evans
  • Paul H. DelfabbroEmail author


Although prevalence studies consistently indicate that many thousands of Australians experience gambling-related problems, only a relatively small proportion of these people seek professional help. This study examines the principal motivations for, and impediments to, help-seeking in a sample of 77 problem gamblers recruited from agencies and the general community. The results indicated that profession help-seeking is predominantly crisis-driven rather than being motived by a gradual recognition of problematic behaviour. Shame, denial and social factors were identified as the most significant barriers to change rather than a lack of knowledge, or dislike of, treatment agencies. The value of early interventions including the screening of gamblers in routine medical consultations and partner support strategies is discussed.


Problematic Behaviour Small Proportion Early Intervention Social Factor Problem Gambler 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideSouth Australia

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