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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Trajectories of wellbeing in people who live with gamblers experiencing a gambling problem: An 18-year longitudinal analysis of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey
Authors: Tulloch, Catherine
Browne, Mathew
Hing, Nerilee
Rockloff, Matthew
Hilbrecht, Margo
Publication Date: Jan-2023
Pages: e0281099
Keywords: gambling harm
concerned significant others
health and wellbeing
Abstract: In cross-sectional gambling studies, friends, family,and others close to those experiencing gambling problems (concerned significant others ‘CSOs’) tend to report detriments to their quality of life. To date, however, there have been no large, population-based longitudinal studies examining the health and wellbeing of CSOs. We analyse longitudinal data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey to examine the 18- year trajectories of general, social, health and financial wellbeing of household CSOs (n = 477) and compare these to those without a gambling problem in the household (n = 13,661). CSOs reported significantly worse long-term wellbeing than non-CSOs in their satisfaction with life, number of life stressors, and social, health and financial wellbeing. However, both social and financial wellbeing showed a temporal effect, declining significantly for CSOs at times closer to the exposure to the gambling problem. This finding suggests a causal link between living in a household with a person with a gambling problem and decreased CSO social and financial wellbeing. Policy responses, such as additional social and financial sup- port, could be considered to assist CSOs impacted by another person’s gambling problem.
DOI: 10.137 1/journal.pone.0281099
Research collection: Journal Articles
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