Journal article

Treatment goal selection for female pathological gambling: A comparison of abstinence and controlled gambling

Nicki Dowling, David Smith

JOURNAL OF GAMBLING STUDIES | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

The current study was an exploratory investigation of the selection of controlled gambling as a goal of treatment for female pathological gambling. Specifically, it aimed to explore: 1) the popularity of controlled gambling as a goal of treatment; 2) the reasons pathological gamblers select abstinence and controlled gambling as goals of treatment; and 3) the characteristics of pathological gamblers attracted to abstinence and controlled gambling. The sample comprised 85 female pathological gamblers attending a cognitive-behavioural treatment program for pathological gambling. The selection of controlled gambling by one-third (34%) of the sample suggests that, at least in the Australian conte..

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