Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Problem Gamblers: A Clinical Outcomes Evaluation

Barry Tolchard, Malcolm Battersby

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    6 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is considered the number one nonpharmacological treatment for a number of mental and psychological disorders (Tolin, 2010; Stuhlmiller & Tolchard, 2009). While CBT with problem gamblers has shown promise, the quality of the research in this area is lacking. One area of concern is that across the many trials and reports using CBT with gamblers no single unified approach has been used and so comparison across studies is limited. Similarly, translation of the CBT research into clinical practice is almost entirely absent (Walker, 2005). This article will explore the concepts of CBT with problem gamblers and identify common elements across all reported approaches. A unified model of CBT with problem gamblers will be suggested and the direct clinical application of this model described from a state-wide gambling service in Australia (Flinders Approach) with 205 problem gamblers. The results indicate that the Flinders Approach is successful in treating gamblers considered to be at the severest end of the experience, with a 69% completion rate. Implications for future research in which this model may be tested against other therapies and pharmacological treatments will be discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-23
    Number of pages12
    JournalBehaviour Change
    Volume30
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Assessment
    • Clinical evaluation
    • Cognitive-behaviour therapy
    • Pathological gambling
    • Problem gambling

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Problem Gamblers: A Clinical Outcomes Evaluation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this