Leisure Substitution and Problem Gambling: Report of a Proof of Concept Group Intervention

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Jackson, A. C, Francis, Kate L, Byrne, Gabriele and Christensen, D. R (2013) Leisure Substitution and Problem Gambling: Report of a Proof of Concept Group Intervention. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 11 (1). pp. 64-74. ISSN 1557-1874 (print) 1557-1882 (online)


Problem gamblers often engage in few social activities other than gambling and post-treatment, can be left with considerable unstructured time and inadequate social skills. As relapse often occurs when the gambler is alone, removing or cutting back on gambling is unlikely to be a successful treatment strategy if recreational and social alternatives are unavailable. The Re(Making) Meaning project provided a structured re-engagement program for 30 participants considered at risk of relapse. In this nine-month, 18-event life-style enhancement project, offered as an adjunct to individual counselling, participants completed a range of gambling and social measures at commencement, 6 months, and 12 months. Substantial positive change in the Temptation to Gamble Scale, Work and Social Adjustment Scale, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, and Loneliness scales were achieved. It is recommended that this proof of concept study of leisure substitution for problem gambling is replicated in a controlled study to determine its relative effectiveness.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23381
DOI 10.1007/s11469-012-9399-9
Official URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11469-...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords ResPubID25573, ResPubID26368, pathological gambling, leisure substitution, relapse, addiction, addictive behaviour
Citations in Scopus 18 - View on Scopus
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