Brief motivational treatment for problem gambling: A 24-month follow-up

TitleBrief motivational treatment for problem gambling: A 24-month follow-up
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHodgins, DC, Currie, S, el-Guebaly, N, Peden, N
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Date PublishedSep
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0893-164X (Print)0893-164X (Linking)
Accession Number15482086
Keywords*Motivation, Canada, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Gambling/*psychology, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychotherapy, Brief/*methods, Regression Analysis, Telephone

A 24-month follow-up of a randomized clinical trial of 2 brief treatments for problem gambling (N = 67) revealed an advantage for participants who received a motivational telephone intervention plus a self-help workbook compared with participants who received only the workbook. Although the 2 groups did not differ in the number of participants reporting 6 months of abstinence, the motivational intervention group gambled fewer days, lost less money, and had lower South Oaks Gambling Screen scores. They were more likely to be categorized as improved compared with the self-help workbook only group. Overall, the results support the effectiveness of a brief telephone- and mail-based treatment for problem gamblers.

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