Longitudinal Assessment of a Manualized Group Treatment Program for Gambling Disorder: The Ohio Problem Gambling Treatment Model for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders

Aaron J. Kruse-Diehr, Stephen R. Shamblen, Matthew W. Courser

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Abstract

Individuals with gambling disorder (GD) experience a host of negative psychosocial and physical health outcomes, yet few seek treatment. Of particular concern are individuals with co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders, a group at higher risk for GD in the state of Ohio. To better serve this population, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services developed a group-based GD treatment manual for adults with co-occurring disorders. Over the course of 5 years, 353 individuals engaged in at least some of the manual’s 12 weekly modules, and more than one-third (n = 122) completed the entire curriculum. Participants who completed all 12 modules completed pre-and post-tests, and after controlling for covariates, participants significantly decreased their GD symptom severity, though changes in self-esteem and gambling urges were non-significant. These findings suggest the treatment manual holds promise at reducing gambling behaviors for individuals with co-occurring disorders, but further research is warranted to explore best practices on how to intervene on the psychological antecedents to gambling in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493-1502
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Keywords

  • Behavioral health
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Gambling disorder
  • Manualized treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology

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