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The Practice and Feasibility of Screening, Treatment, and Referral for Gaming Problems in Gambling, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Youth Services

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posted on 2023-02-15, 01:57 authored by JJ Park, DL King, L Wilkinson-Meyers, Simone RoddaSimone Rodda
Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive approach to identifying people at risk of addiction, but its feasibility for gaming disorder is unknown. This study surveyed 88 clinicians from gambling, alcohol and other drugs, and youth services in New Zealand. Results indicated that the most frequent GD screening method was an unstructured interview (61%), but 74% stated they would use a standardized tool if available. Responsivity to the detection of GD was an immediate intervention (84%), and rates of referral were low (28%). Around 50% of clinicians indicated high confidence in administering motivational approaches and relapse prevention. There was strong support for screening training (85%), treatment guidelines (88%), self-help materials (92%), and access to internet-delivered CBT that could be used in conjunction with other treatment (84%). Clinicians appear motivated and willing to implement SBIRT for GD but report lacking necessary training and resources, including access to screening tools and treatment guidelines.

History

Journal

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

Pagination

1-16

Location

United States

ISSN

1557-1874

eISSN

1557-1882

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC