Gamblers Anonymous: A critical review of the literature

@article{Ferentzy2003GamblersAA,
  title={Gamblers Anonymous: A critical review of the literature},
  author={Peter Ferentzy and Wayne Skinner},
  journal={Journal of Gambling Issues},
  year={2003}
}
This study surveys existing literature on Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and issues that help to contextualise our understanding of this mutual aid association. While GA has been the subject of investigation by social scientists, it is still understudied, with a notable shortage of research on issues facing women and ethnic minorities. A need exists for large-scale assessments of GA's effectiveness, more detailed accounts of GA beliefs and practices, increased knowledge of the ways in which GA… Expand
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