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The influence of demographic, behavioural and treatments characteristics on problem gambling counselling outcomes

Crisp, Beth, Thomas, Shane A., Jackson, Alun C. and Thomason, Neil 2001, The influence of demographic, behavioural and treatments characteristics on problem gambling counselling outcomes, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 32-36.

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Title The influence of demographic, behavioural and treatments characteristics on problem gambling counselling outcomes
Author(s) Crisp, Beth
Thomas, Shane A.
Jackson, Alun C.
Thomason, Neil
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 32
End page 36
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Bundoora, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Summary The paper considers the influence of client characteristics and gambling behaviour as well as treatment modality on the resolution of gambling behaviour for 591 clients who sought help from the publicly funded BreakEven counselling services in the state of Victoria between 1 July 1996 and 30 June 1997. Statistical data about clients and their consultations was collected in the form of a Minimum Data Set. On their own, client demographics accounting for 12% of the variance were identified as discriminating between problem gamblers who achieved some resolution of their gambling behaviour and those whose behaviour did not change. Variables associated with gambling behaviour accounted for 10% of variance and treatment variables for 12% of variance in treatment outcomes. Collectively, the three types of data could explain 26% of the variance in problem resolution. Importantly, these findings demonstrate that the resolution of problematic gambling behaviour is affected by a complex interplay of client characteristics, their gambling behaviour and the treatment they receive. It is argued that the evaluation of treatment programs for problem gambling, and potentially all counselling programs in the primary health arena, needs to include measures from each of these domains.
Language eng
Field of Research 160703 Social Program Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004143

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