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The importance of father presence in childhood and beyond

Kartal, M. (2020). The importance of father presence in childhood and beyond. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


The research examining problem gambling in the UK is limited when compared to the research into other addictive behaviours. When the literature is reviewed, the studies available for problem gambling mainly exist to be quantitative, focusing on the problem gamblers themselves. The available literature indicates that the effects and consequences on the children of problem gamblers cannot be denied, however the research focusing on these individuals is scarce. This study explores the experiences of adult individuals who, in their childhood, grew up with a problem gambling father. Qualitative data was collected from individuals using semistructured interviews from six adult participants who had experienced growing up with a problem gambling father. The participant interviews were transcribed and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The analysis revealed three master themes of ‘experience embedded in time and age’, ‘familial discord’ and ‘the absent experience’. The master themes encapsulated the following sub-themes: not understanding when younger, moving towards acceptance when older, difficulties in parent relationships, financial difficulties, adultification, loss of trust, the absent father and own needs not met. Theoretical, clinical and research implications, as well as limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > School of Health & Psychological Sciences Doctoral Theses
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