Leisure substitution and problem gambling: Report of a proof of concept group intervention

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Jackson, Alun C., Francis, Kate Louise, Byrne, Gerard J. A. and Christensen, Darren 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-012-9399-9
AuthorsJackson, Alun C., Francis, Kate Louise, Byrne, Gerard J. A. and Christensen, Darren R.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsProblem gambling; Pathological gambling; Relapse; Leisure substitution
Year2013
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Journal citation11 (1), pp. 64 - 74
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN1557-1874
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-012-9399-9
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84873174651
Page range64 - 74
Research GroupCentre for Health and Social Research
Place of publicationUnited States
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