Testing the validity of a cognitive behavioral model for gambling behavior

Raylu, Namrata, Oei, Tian Po S., Loo, Jasmine M. Y. and Tsai, Jung-Shun (2015) Testing the validity of a cognitive behavioral model for gambling behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32 2: 773-788. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9567-5


Author Raylu, Namrata
Oei, Tian Po S.
Loo, Jasmine M. Y.
Tsai, Jung-Shun
Title Testing the validity of a cognitive behavioral model for gambling behavior
Journal name Journal of Gambling Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1050-5350
1573-3602
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10899-015-9567-5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 773
End page 788
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Currently, cognitive behavioral therapies appear to be one of the most studied treatments for gambling problems and studies show it is effective in treating gambling problems. However, cognitive behavior models have not been widely tested using statistical means. Thus, the aim of this study was to test the validity of the pathways postulated in the cognitive behavioral theory of gambling behavior using structural equation modeling (AMOS 20). Several questionnaires assessing a range of gambling specific variables (e.g., gambling urges, cognitions and behaviors) and gambling correlates (e.g., psychological states, and coping styles) were distributed to 969 participants from the community. Results showed that negative psychological states (i.e., depression, anxiety and stress) only directly predicted gambling behavior, whereas gambling urges predicted gambling behavior directly as well as indirectly via gambling cognitions. Avoidance coping predicted gambling behavior only indirectly via gambling cognitions. Negative psychological states were significantly related to gambling cognitions as well as avoidance coping. In addition, significant gender differences were also found. The results provided confirmation for the validity of the pathways postulated in the cognitive behavioral theory of gambling behavior. It also highlighted the importance of gender differences in conceptualizing gambling behavior.
Keyword Gambling
Cognitions
CBT
Structural equation modeling
Gender
Model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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