Journal article

Problem gambling subtypes based on psychological distress, alcohol abuse and impulsivity

Aino Suomi, Nicki A Dowling, Alun C Jackson

Addictive Behaviors | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014


The notion of comorbidities within problem gambling populations has important clinical implications, particularly for appropriate treatment matching. The comorbidities most commonly cited in problem gambling literature include depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and impulsivity. Previous research shows evidence of patterns in multiple co-occurring comorbidities and that there may be different subtypes of gamblers based on these patterns. To further the current understanding of gambling subtypes, the aim of our study was to identify subtypes of gamblers currently in treatment. Hierarchical Cluster Analysis yielded four mutually exclusive groups of 202 gamblers: (1) gamblers with comorbid psych..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage Grant LP 0989331) with the Office for Problem Gambling, South Australia and Drummond Street Services, Victoria as industry partners; and the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre at the University of Melbourne.