Impulsivity partially mediates the relationship between depression and problem gambling

Abstract

This study extended Clarke's (2006) examination of impulsivity as a mediator in the relationship between depression and problem gambling. The sample comprised 78 men and 75 women from Western Sydney who reported playing gaming machines at least twice weekly over the past six months. Their mean age was 39.24 years {(SD} = 17.43) with 30% from a {non-English} speaking background. According to the South Oaks Gambling {Screen–Revised}, 27% were identified as probable pathological gamblers. Participants were recruited in gaming venues and completed a questionnaire that included the depression scale from the {DASS21} and the N5 impulsiveness scale from the {NEO} {PI-R.} Unlike Clarke's (2006) finding, impulsivity was found to be a partial mediator only and not a full mediator of the relationship between depression and problem gambling. These results are discussed with reference to Blaszczynski and Nower's (2002) pathways model of problem gambling and the treatment of problem gambling.

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