Factors associated with the severity of gambling problems in a community gambling treatment agency

Namrata, Raylu and Oei, Tian P. S. (2009) Factors associated with the severity of gambling problems in a community gambling treatment agency. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7 1: 124-137. doi:10.1007/s11469-008-9160-6


Author Namrata, Raylu
Oei, Tian P. S.
Title Factors associated with the severity of gambling problems in a community gambling treatment agency
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-1874
1557-1882
Publication date 2009-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11469-008-9160-6
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 124
End page 137
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Formatted abstract
Factors (demographics, gambling behaviors and comorbid problems) that may be related to the severity of gambling problems were investigated among 440 problem gamblers seeking treatment in an Australian outpatient treatment agency. The participants were divided into sub-threshold pathological gamblers (SPGs; N = 104) and pathological gamblers (PGs; N = 336) using Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) IV diagnosis of pathological gambling. SPGs were more likely to be separated/divorced, while PGs were more likely to be single. PGs tended to be younger than SPGs. Participation in lottery games was the only form of gambling that could distinguish between the two severity groups. No significant differences were found in participation in more than one gambling session per week and average amount spent per session on various gambling activities between the two groups. PGs were more likely to report financial, relationship, employment, physical, intrapersonal, other excessive behaviors (e.g., substance problems), leisure (e.g., loneliness, boredom) and legal problems than SPGs. Implications and limitations of these findings are discussed.
Keyword Comorbid
Gambling
Outpatient
Problem gambling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 29 July 2008

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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