GambleAware to prevent gamblers from being labeled
In order to help gamblers who have faced discrimination, GambleAware issued a new guidance.
In a recent study three researches showed that published reports or news frequently use “stigmatizing language” while talking about gamblers. Those researchers studied fifty-four individual studies and 9 review papers from nineteen countries and brought up evidence of discrimination. As a result of their work they have created recommendations and guidelines for the media.
To explain by using a special language called “person-first” people can avoid labeling other’s identities. Moreover, the guideline offers to replace expressions like “gambling addict” and “problem gambler” with “person with a gambling disorder” or “person who struggles with gambling.”
“Using Stigmatizing phrases about people with gambling issues is unacceptable. Addict is considered a stigma as it can reduce a man down to their disorder.”
highlighted the report.
“In the future we are going to work to increase the usage of Stigmatizing words and reduce the obstacles people face when seeking for help. We will utilize recommendations to make our work even better and also involve our campaigns for people to get help.”
commented Z. Osmond, the chief executive officer of GambleAware.