The current status and future direction of self-help treatments for problem gamblers

Raylu, Namrata, Oei, Tian P.S. and Loo, Jasmine (2008) The current status and future direction of self-help treatments for problem gamblers. Clinical Psychology Review, 28 8: 1372-1385. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2008.07.005


Author Raylu, Namrata
Oei, Tian P.S.
Loo, Jasmine
Title The current status and future direction of self-help treatments for problem gamblers
Journal name Clinical Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-7358
1873-7811
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.cpr.2008.07.005
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 28
Issue 8
Start page 1372
End page 1385
Total pages 14
Editor Alan S. Bellack
Michel Hersen
Place of publication New York
Publisher Pergamon/Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920410 Mental Health
Abstract The self-help treatment (SHT) studies for other psychological problems significantly outweigh those for problem gambling. Currently, very little is published about the application and efficacy of various forms of SHTs for problem gambling. Thus, this paper reviews the self-help literature (using the PsycINFO database — all years up to April 2008) to stimulate further research in this area for problem gambling. The findings show that SHTs in problem gambling are still in their infancy. Although the problem gambling literature has mainly reported on two forms of SHTs with problem gamblers (i.e. use of self-help manuals and audiotapes), the review discuss utilizing a wide range of SHTs with problem gamblers. These include written materials (e.g. self-help books and treatment manuals), audiotapes, videotapes, computer-based SHTs implemented on palmtop computers, desktop computers, via telephone (Interactive Voice Response systems — IVR) or via the Internet and virtual reality applications. These SHTs would suit those problem gamblers who are not accessing professional treatment due to shame, guilt, fear of stigma, privacy concerns or financial difficulties, as well as those living in rural areas or with less severe gambling problems. The review also suggest future protocols for conducting further research in this area with problem gamblers, highlighting a need for a cohesive theory to guide research.
Keyword Gambling
Self-help
Treatment
CBT
Computerized
Internet
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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