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Type: Journal article
Title: Understanding the relationship between pathological gambling and gambling-related cognition scores: the role of alcohol use disorder and delusion proneness
Author: Abdollahnejad, R.
Delfabbro, P.
Denson, L.
Citation: International Gambling Studies, 2014; 14(2):183-195
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1445-9795
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Reza Abdollahnejad, Paul Delfabbro and Linley Denson
Abstract: There is considerable evidence for an association between pathological gambling and scores on validated psychometric measures of erroneous gambling-related cognitions. However, a potential problem with this literature is that samples of pathological gamblers score higher on indicators of co-morbidity (e.g. substance misuse) that are also associated with poorer decision-making and reasoning abilities. We aimed to examine the relationship between pathological gambling and gambling-related erroneous beliefs after controlling for alcohol misuse. A sample of 140 regular gamblers completed a detailed psychological assessment including measures of pathological gambling (NORC DSM-IV Screen Self-Administered), delusion proneness (the Peters et al. Delusions Inventory), alcohol use (the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) and gambling beliefs (Gambling-Related Cognitions Scale). Pathological gamblers scored higher than other regular gamblers on all these measures. Although alcohol use disorder was not directly related to delusion proneness, a combination of higher alcohol use disorder and delusion proneness was associated with higher gambling-related cognition scores. Our findings confirm previous evidence supporting an association between pathological gambling and greater endorsement of erroneous gambling-related cognitions. Alcohol misuse and delusion proneness may be factors that strengthen this association.
Keywords: alcohol; pathological gambling; erroneous beliefs; substance abuse; addiction
Description: Published online: 18 Feb 2014
Rights: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/14459795.2014.886711
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