It’s not only the gamblers who need help: A pilot study on a family training programme

Abstract

Relatives of problematic and pathological gamblers are seriously affected by the illness comparable to relatives of substance abusers. Therefore they might need support. Hence the psychoeducational training programme ETAPPE was developed and tested in an explorative pilot study in cooperation with counselling services. The participants got several questionnaires concerning amongst others: self-assessment of stress, psychological distress and taxing subjects. Results show that families of problematic and pathological gamblers are highly stressed. ETAPPE addresses the topics that are a burden for families. Taking into consideration the limitations, there are positive trends: Through this training, self-assessment of stress, psychological distress and actual situative perceived stress are reduced significantly. Chronic stress remains unchanged. A conclusive evaluation of the effectiveness of this manualized programme is still pending. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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