Personality dimensions and disorders in pathological gambling

Abstract

Purpose of review: This review presents the most current research in personality dimensions and disorders with respect to pathological gambling. Recent findings: Personality dimensions, such as impulsivity and impulsivity-related variables, are important aspects that may shape our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of pathological gambling. Furthermore, a large percentage of pathological gamblers have a co-occurring personality disorder which may impact the clinical presentation of pathological gambling. Summary: Evidence suggests that pathological gamblers exhibit impulsivity or impulsivity-related traits, as well as a range of personality disorders. Subtyping pathological gamblers based on personality domains has been proposed; however, more research is needed to provide support for these models. Overall, recent research represents an advancement in our understanding of how personality impacts pathological gambling, but further research is warranted to better understand how personality impacts the clinical presentation and treatment outcomes of pathological gambling. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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