Title

Know When to Fold ‘Em: Portrayal of Compulsive Gambling and Gamblers Anonymous in News Articles, 1956-1997

Presenter Information

Evan Mobley

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History

Research Advisor

Gragg, Larry Dale, 1950-

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

This paper examines Gamblers Anonymous and compulsive gambling in newspaper articles from the 1950s to the 1990s. It is an analysis of what readers of major newspapers could have learned about compulsive gambling through Gamblers Anonymous. It includes how Gamblers Anonymous used newspapers for publicity and to inform readers about compulsive gambling. Gamblers Anonymous presented newspaper readers with an image of the compulsive gambler, the difficulties associated with being and living with a compulsive gambler, various statistics on compulsive gamblers, and attempted to reach out to prospective compulsive gamblers in order to help them.

Biography

Evan is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Pre-law. He is currently vice-president of Phi Alpha Theta and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and History Club. He is the son of Scott and Rhonda Jordan and is from Peculiar, Missouri.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Third place
Best Bibliography Award Recipient, Arts and Humanities

Location

Turner Room

Presentation Date

06 Apr 2011, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Know When to Fold ‘Em: Portrayal of Compulsive Gambling and Gamblers Anonymous in News Articles, 1956-1997

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This paper examines Gamblers Anonymous and compulsive gambling in newspaper articles from the 1950s to the 1990s. It is an analysis of what readers of major newspapers could have learned about compulsive gambling through Gamblers Anonymous. It includes how Gamblers Anonymous used newspapers for publicity and to inform readers about compulsive gambling. Gamblers Anonymous presented newspaper readers with an image of the compulsive gambler, the difficulties associated with being and living with a compulsive gambler, various statistics on compulsive gamblers, and attempted to reach out to prospective compulsive gamblers in order to help them.