Effectiveness of a self help Cognitive Behavioural Treatment program for problem gamblers: a randomised controlled trial

Oei, T.P.S., Raylu, N., and Lai, W.W. (2018) Effectiveness of a self help Cognitive Behavioural Treatment program for problem gamblers: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Gambling Studies, 34 (2). pp. 581-595.

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Abstract

The study aimed to strengthen the scarce literature on self-help treatments for Problem Gambling (PG) by comparing the effectiveness of a Self-Help Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (SHCBT) program (n = 23) with a 6-week Waitlist condition (n = 32) in problem gamblers. Participants were community volunteers with gambling problems and were randomly allocated to the Waitlist and treatment conditions. Results showed significant improvements at post-treatment in gambling behaviors including frequency of gambling, average amount gambled per day and PG symptoms as well as a number of gambling correlates including psychological states (e.g., depression, anxiety and stress), gambling cognitions, gambling urges, gambling related self-efficacy, satisfaction with life, and quality of life among those who completed the SHCBT program, when compared with the waitlist condition. The effect size (partial η2) ranged from.25 to.57 for all assessed outcomes that showed significant improvement from pre- to post-treatment. It was concluded that a self-help CBT program can be beneficial for treating community problem gamblers.

Item ID: 58580
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3602
Keywords: Anxiety, CBT, Depression, Problem gambling, Self-help, Treatment
Funders: Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 00:18
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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