Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Long before medical and psychological experts determined that problem gambling qualified as a mental illness, moral experts determined that this problem could be "diagnosed" as a sin. This research examines pre-1915 gambling literature to determine the ways in which people who gambled too much were identified, named, and "treated" socially. Interestingly, virtually all of our current diagnostic criteria were identified by moral thinkers hundreds of years ago. Implications for the sociological history of problem gambling, the sociology of mental illness, and the sociology of religion and morality are discussed.
Gambler; Gambling; History; Mental Illness; Problems; Problem Gamblers; Problem Gambler; Sickness; Sin; Sociological
Public policy; Mental health; History, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bernhard, Bo Jason, "From sin to sickness: A sociological history of the problem gambler" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2499.