Leisure substitution and problem gambling: report of a proof of concept group intervention

Jackson, A. C., Francis, Kate L., Byrne, G. and Christensen, D. R. 2013, Leisure substitution and problem gambling: report of a proof of concept group intervention, International journal of mental health and addiction, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 64-74, doi: 10.1007/s11469-012-9399-9.

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Title Leisure substitution and problem gambling: report of a proof of concept group intervention
Author(s) Jackson, A. C.
Francis, Kate L.ORCID iD for Francis, Kate L. orcid.org/0000-0002-1751-5313
Byrne, G.
Christensen, D. R.
Journal name International journal of mental health and addiction
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 64
End page 74
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 1557-1874
Keyword(s) problem gambling
pathological gambling
leisure substitution
Summary Problem gamblers often engage in few social activities other than gambling and post-treatment, can be left with considerable unstructured time and inadequate social skills. As relapse often occurs when the gambler is alone, removing or cutting back on gambling is unlikely to be a successful treatment strategy if recreational and social alternatives are unavailable. The Re(Making) Meaning project provided a structured re-engagement program for 30 participants considered at risk of relapse. In this nine-month, 18-event life-style enhancement project, offered as an adjunct to individual counselling, participants completed a range of gambling and social measures at commencement, 6 months, and 12 months. Substantial positive change in the Temptation to Gamble Scale, Work and Social Adjustment Scale, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, and Loneliness scales were achieved. It is recommended that this proof of concept study of leisure substitution for problem gambling is replicated in a controlled study to determine its relative effectiveness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11469-012-9399-9
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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