The Impact of Gambling and Problem Gambling on Asian Families and Communities in New Zealand
The data gathered illustrates that gambling amongst Asians is a complex issue that has to be understood within the wider social and institutional context in which Asians are located. Three main variables emerged as impacting Asian gambling in New Zealand: Asian culture, their settlement experience in their new environment, and the way they cope with their settlement experience in New Zealand. Problem gamblers were found to employ dysfunctional coping strategies to deal with settlement adversities with adverse effects on the mental health and social and financial wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Based on the data provided by participants, potential strategies have been developed for enhancing resilience and other variables that protect against problem gambling and moderating those variables that may increase risk for problem gambling. These include: utilising cultural strengths, building trust, normalising help-seeking, educating Asian communities about the dangers of gambling, and creating a supportive social and institutional environment for Asian immigrants.
Report prepared by:
Dr. Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj
Dr. Fiona Rossen
Ms. Anita Shiu Kei Wong