Are there distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion? An exploratory study comparing gamblers who have self-excluded, received counselling, or both

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Hing, Nerilee, Russell, Alex M. T., Tolchard, Barry and Nuske, Elaine. (2015) Are there distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion? An exploratory study comparing gamblers who have self-excluded, received counselling, or both. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 13(4), pp. 481 - 496. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-015-9554-1
AuthorsHing, Nerilee, Russell, Alex M. T., Tolchard, Barry and Nuske, Elaine
Abstract

Research has not determined whether typical improvements in psychosocial functioning following self-exclusion are due to the intervention. This study aimed to explore distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion by assessing outcomes between 1) self-excluders who had and had not received gambling counselling and 2) self-excluders compared to non-self-excluders who had received gambling counselling. A longitudinal design administered three assessments on gambling behaviour, problem gambling severity, gambling urge, alcoholism, general health, and harmful consequences. Of the 86 participants at Time 1 with similar baseline scores, 59.3 % completed all assessments. By Time 2, all groups (self-excluded only, self-excluded plus counselling, counselling only) had vastly improved on most outcome measures. Improvements were sustained at Time 3. Outcomes did not differ for self-exclusion combined with counselling. Compared to non-excluders, more self-excluders abstained from most problematic gambling form and fewer had harmful consequences. Findings suggest self-exclusion may have similar short-term outcomes to counselling alone and may reduce harm in the short-term.

Keywordsself-exclusion; problem gambling; counselling; outcomes; longitudinal
Year2015
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Journal citation13 (4), pp. 481 - 496
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media B.V.
ISSN1557-1874
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-015-9554-1
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84934438484
Page range481 - 496
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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