Psychological treatments for pathological gambling

Abstract

(from the chapter) This chapter discusses psychological treatments for pathological gambling (PG). Problem and PG impact a significant proportion of the population and are associated with decreased health and quality of life. Disordered gambling occurs at higher rates among certain subgroups in the community, such as individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) psychiatric disorders, among medical populations, and adolescents. Initial treatments for PG have been developed and tested. Studies suggest brief motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches are efficacious in reducing the frequency and severity of gambling. Additional research is needed to evaluate whether these approaches are appropriate for the majority of potential clients, or if specific interventions need to be developed for certain high-risk or difficult to treat groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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