Journeys through gambling: Pathways to informal recovery

Journeys through gambling: Pathways to informal recovery

Past project

This study examined the strategies that individuals use to manage their gambling.


Many young people gamble, and are at greater risk of becoming problem gamblers compared to people at other life stages. At the same time, young people are under-represented in problem gambling counselling services, and are more likely to use informal means of recovery from problem gambling, such as family support. There is very little evidence, however, about the efficacy of these informal means of recovery or how the process may differ for younger versus older adults.

About the project

Data collection for this study  involved interviews with both young (18-30 years) and older adults (40+) who have experienced problems with their gambling and who have relied on informal strategies for recovery. The two groups were compared to see if and how they differed in the strategies they used to manage their gambling, and how effective different types of strategies were for each group.

This study was a collaborative project between the AGRC and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, via an Early Career Researcher Grant.

Related publications

Vasiliadis, S. & Thomas, A. (2017). Recovery agency and informal recovery pathways from gambling problems. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction


Sophie Vasiliadis
Senior Research Officer
Anna Thomas
Knowledge Translation Manager, RMIT


April 2014 - September 2015

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