Clinical Features of Pathological Gambling in an Addictions Treatment Cohort


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Abstract

This study examined the prevalence and descriptive psychopathology of pathological gambling in a heterogeneous treatment sample of 372 substance users. About 14% of male participants and 10% of female participants were identified as presumptive pathological gamblers (PGs) on the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). The authors contrasted 49 PGs with 323 participants who were not pathological gamblers (NPGs) on a host of variables measuring premorbid risk, pathological patterns of substance use, consequences of use, and psychiatric comorbidity. PGs showed more disturbance than NPGs on some measures of premorbid risk, pathological substance use, social consequences of use, and psychiatric comorbidity. Gambling status may be an important comorbid condition in addictions treatment settings and a significant covariate in research.

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