Journal article

Gambling problems among military personnel after deployment

Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Ellie Lawrence-Wood, Jonathon Little, Alyssa Sbisa, Carolyn Deans, Meaghan O'Donnell, Nicole Sadler, Miranda Van Hooff, Matilda Crozier, Malcolm Battersby, David Forbes, Alexander C McFarlane

JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Military and veteran populations may exhibit heightened vulnerability to gambling problems; however, there is scant relevant evidence outside the US, and few studies of transition periods, including return from operational deployment. The aim of this study was thus to highlight the extent, risk-factors, and implications of gambling problems among current members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) following deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). It involved analyses of data from n = 1324 ADF personnel who deployed between 2010 and 2012, and completed surveys within four months of returning to Australia. The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) identified Problem Gamblin..

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