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Gambling as an Addictive Behaviour
Impaired Control, Harm Minimisation, Treatment and Prevention

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Part of International Research Monographs in the Addictions

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521399197

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  • Presenting the latest conclusions about the psychological processes leading to impaired self-control, this book challenges the current harm-prevention policy of "responsible gambling." The authors present the most recent and evolving research into gambling, demonstrating the psychological variables that govern the erosion or maintenance of self-control over gambling behavior. These studies provide an empirical basis for a model of impaired control of gambling. Impaired control, in its broadest sense, is considered to be the defining psychological construct of all the addictive behaviors and occupies a central position in conceptualizing the addictive aspects of gambling.

    • Focuses on impaired control in ordinary regular gamblers rather than just on pathological gamblers
    • Presents findings about the psychological processes that lead to impaired self-control
    • Challenges the harm-prevention policy of 'responsible gambling'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Dickerson and O'Connor's approach to gambling behavior and its most remarkable feature, the occurrence of loss of control over behavior, is intriguing. On the basis of a dimensional approach, it offers excellent opportunities to explore modeling of risk factors and psychosocial variables. It has the potential to enlighten the discussion over ethical concerns about hwo gambling devices are designed and marketed and wehter they comply with the principles of consumer protection, which will surely make the reader think." - Hermano Taveres, PsycCritiques

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521399197
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Jim Orford
    1. The research context
    2. Research into impaired control of gambling behaviour: definition and measurement: traditional psychometric and mathematical psychology approaches
    3. Impaired control and its relationship to other variables implicated in the development of pathological gambling
    4. Models of impaired self-control of gambling
    5. Implications for treatment approaches to problem gambling arising from the model of impaired control
    6. Implications for harm minimisation in the management of problem gambling: making sense of 'responsible gambling'
    7. A case study of 'responsible gambling' strategies within a single jurisdiction: Victoria, Australia
    8. Conclusions

  • Authors

    Mark Dickerson, University of Western Sydney

    John O'Connor, Flinders University of South Australia


    Jim Orford

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