The feasibility of providing gambling-related self-help information to college students who screen for disordered gambling via an online health survey: An exploratory study

Abstract

Individuals with gambling disorders are reluctant to enter formal gambling treatment and often recover without it. For this reason, it is important to provide disordered gamblers with resources that facilitate treatment on their own (i.e., self-help). This exploratory study examined the feasibility of collecting contact information and providing gambling-related self-help information to a sample of college students who indicated possible disordered gambling behavior via an online health survey. Results indicated that among the 60 participants who met the threshold for possible disordered gambling behavior, 29 (48.3%) voluntarily provided their contact information. Subsequently, gambling-related resources were emailed to these participants. The findings of this exploratory study indicate that online health surveys completed by a large number of students might be advantageous for screening and intervening in disordered gambling in this population.

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