Psychosocial factors related to gambling abstinence and relapse in members of gamblers anonymous

Oei, T. P. S. and Gordon, L. (2008) Psychosocial factors related to gambling abstinence and relapse in members of gamblers anonymous. Journal of Gambling Studies, 24 1: 91-105. doi:10.1007/s10899-007-9071-7

Author Oei, T. P. S.
Gordon, L.
Title Psychosocial factors related to gambling abstinence and relapse in members of gamblers anonymous
Journal name Journal of Gambling Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1050-5350
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10899-007-9071-7
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 105
Total pages 15
Editor Grant, J.
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Problem gamblers account for almost one-third of the industry's total revenue with the adverse effects of problem gambling including significant financial loss, legal and occupational difficulties, family problems, psychological distress and suicide. As such, it is important to understand the influential factors in gambling abstinence and relapse, which will assist in the development of relapse prevention methods in therapeutic treatment regimes. This paper reported the role of a set of seven predictors in distinguishing between abstinent and relapsed gamblers among 75 Gambling Anonymous (GA) members (55 males; 20 females; Mean age 45 years) in Southeast Queensland. The measures taken were meeting Attendance and Participation, Social Support, God Belief, Belief in a Higher Power, Working the 12-steps of Recovery, Gambling Urges and Erroneous Cognitions. Discriminant analysis revealed that the variables separating the two groups were significant, suggesting that GA members achieving abstinence could be distinguished from those who relapsed, with Attendance and Participation, and Social Support contributing the greatest influence on member's ability to abstain from gambling. The findings suggested that GA member's involvement in meetings, and support from family and friends had significant impact on their gambling abstinence. In contrast, increased gambling urges and erroneous cognitions increased the chance of relapse.
Keyword Confirmatory Factor Validation
Pathological Gamblers
Psychometric Properties
Screen Sogs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: 2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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