J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2021 Sep;30(3):234-246. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2021.30.3.234.

Coping Experiences of Spouses of Males with Gambling Disorders

Affiliations
  • 1Graduate Student, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Korea
  • 2Professor, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
This study aimed to understand the coping experiences of spouses of males with gambling disorders.
Methods
This study used narrative inquiry. Four spouses were recruited from Gam-Anon family groups. In-depth, semi-structured interviews with each participant were conducted from November to December 2020.
Results
The coping experiences of spouses ranged from daily stress to traumatic stress. The coping strategy was modified and developed by the perception of their husbands' gambling. Changes in participants' coping strategies were related to emotions that arose from the context of social interaction and internal emotions. The coping experiences of spouses were the process of learning a new way of recognizing the true meaning of life and finding happiness.
Conclusion
This study proposed an efficient coping strategy for families of people with gambling disorder by understanding the spouse's coping experiences. Reducing social stigma and creating a supportive environment for families of people with gambling disorders is essential, and perceived social support can be related to the spouse's adoption of effective coping strategies.

Keyword

Pathological gambling; Coping skills; Coping behavior; Family; Significant others; 병적도박, 배우자, 대처행동, 대처전략
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