A proof of concept for using brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a treatment for problem gambling

Christensen, Darren R., Dowling, Nicki A., Jackson, Alun C., Brown, Meredith, Russo, James, Francis, Kate L. and Umemoto, Azusa 2013, A proof of concept for using brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a treatment for problem gambling, Behaviour change, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 117-137, doi: 10.1017/bec.2013.10.

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Title A proof of concept for using brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a treatment for problem gambling
Author(s) Christensen, Darren R.
Dowling, Nicki A.ORCID iD for Dowling, Nicki A. orcid.org/0000-0001-8592-2407
Jackson, Alun C.
Brown, Meredith
Russo, James
Francis, Kate L.
Umemoto, Azusa
Journal name Behaviour change
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 137
Total pages 21
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 0813-4839
Keyword(s) problem gambling
dialectical behavior therapy
borderline personality disorder
Summary Fourteen ‘treatment resistant’ problem gamblers received 9 weeks of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at specialist problem gambling services delivered in Melbourne, Australia. This study is the first to investigate the effectiveness of a brief DBT treatment for problem gambling, with a focus on measuring change in the four DBT process skills (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion dysregulation, and negative relationships). Although there were no statistically significant improvements in measures of gambling behaviour, 83% of participants were abstinent or reduced their gambling expenditure pre- to post-treatment. Participants also reported statistically and clinically significant improvements in psychological distress,  mindfulness, and distress tolerance. Moreover, there were no increases in alcohol or substance use. These results are discussed in the context of focusing on a single DBT process skill, and the benefits of using group-based approaches.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/bec.2013.10
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Cambridge University Press
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