Treatment Seeking Problem Gamblers: Characteristics of Individuals who Offend to Finance Gambling

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Roberts, A., Sharman, S., King, M., Basyston, A. and Bowden-Jones, H. 2019. Treatment Seeking Problem Gamblers: Characteristics of Individuals who Offend to Finance Gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
AuthorsRoberts, A., Sharman, S., King, M., Basyston, A. and Bowden-Jones, H.
Abstract

The relationship between Crime and gambling is well established, however few studies have examined offending specifically to finance gambling within a UK gambling treatment-seeking population. 1226 treatment-seeking gamblers completed the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), Patient Health Questionnaire, and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 item scale, and were asked whether they had committed any illegal behaviours to finance gambling. 42.5 % reported offending behaviour. A greater proportion of the offending group were single or married/ cohabiting, had a lower-level qualifications, lower income, had experienced childhood abuse, family mental health problems and gambling related harms compared to the non-offending group. Offenders reported higher anxiety, depression and disordered gambling scores. Disordered gamblers who offend make up a discrete and complex subgroup with distinct vulnerabilities. Findings will be useful to clinicians involved in the assessment and management of problematic gambling. Gamblers who offend to finance gambling may have different treatment needs and treatment providers should administer appropriate clinical interventions to address vulnerabilities.

JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
ISSN1557-1874
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s11469-019-00192-0
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Deposited17 Dec 2019
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