Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Psychology - Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine | The History of Problem Gambling - Temperance, Substance Abuse, Medicine, and Metaphors

The History of Problem Gambling

Temperance, Substance Abuse, Medicine, and Metaphors

Ferentzy, Peter, Turner, Nigel E.

2013, XIII, 174 p. 2 illus.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-6699-4

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Hardcover version

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-1-4614-6698-7

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • 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

Related subjects » Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine - Psychiatry - Public Health - Social Sciences

Table of contents / Preface / Sample pages 

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Health Psychology.