alexa Which pathological gamblers will complete treatment?


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Leblond J, Ladouceur R, Blaszczynski A

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The study examined the characteristics of pathological gamblers who complete treatment, compared with those who terminate treatment prematurely. DESIGN: Two comparison groups comprising treatment completers and drop-outs. METHODS: In all, 112 pathological gamblers who undertook a cognitive treatment programme for gambling were compared on different variables. RESULTS: A high score on impulsivity at intake significantly differentiated those participants who dropped out from treatment completers. There were no differences on socio-demographic and gambling-related characteristics, depression, anxiety, problem-solving skills and alcohol use. CONCLUSIONS: These data implicate impulsivity as a significant factor in treatment drop-outs. This article was published in Br J Clin Psychol and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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