Temperance, Substance Abuse, Medicine, and Metaphors
Ferentzy, Peter, Turner, Nigel E.
2013, XIII, 174 p. 2 illus.
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Documents the history of ideas about problem gambling
Explores religious, sociocultural, and medical influences on the disease model of problem gambling
Examines the interrelationship between changes in gambling technology, gambling availability, and the conceptualization of problem gambling
Peter Ferentzy and Nigel E. Turner
The History of Problem Gambling: Temperance, Substance Abuse, Medicine, and Metaphors
This book documents the history of ideas about problem gambling and its link to addictive disorders. Using a combination of literature review and conceptual and linguistic analysis, The History of Problem Gambling explores how conceptions of problem gambling have changed over time. Authors Ferentzy and Turner examine the religious, economic, socio-cultural, and medical influences on the development of the concept of problem gambling as a disease, along with the ways in which such ideas were influenced by attitudes towards substance abuse. The history of mental illness, notably as it pertains to themes such as loss of control over behavior, is also addressed. The book concludes with a discussion of problem gambling and addiction in general – their current status and future prospects – with an eye on which ideas about problem gambling seem most promising and which should perhaps be left behind.
This book will be of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, addiction counselors, researchers, historians, public health professionals, and also persons who have experienced problems with gambling or substance use.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Link between problem gambling and other addictions - gambling addiction - problem gambling - problem gambling as a disease - problem gambling as a public health issue - problem gambling as addictive disorder