Concurrent Disorders and Decision-Making in Electronic Gaming Machine Gamblers.

Show simple item record Rimal, Retina Shepherd, Robin-Marie Curley, Louise Elizabeth Sundram, Frederick
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2022-01-11T20:58:13Z 2022-01-11T20:58:13Z 2021-6-14
dc.identifier.issn 1050-5350
dc.description.abstract This study aimed to investigate the self-reported measures of concurrent disorders (stress, social anxiety, anxiety, depression and alcohol use) among electronic gaming machine (EGM) gamblers with varying levels of gambling severity and to examine its relationship to decision-making. This cross-sectional study in New Zealand involved an online survey that utilised validated questionnaires to assess self-reported measures of concurrent disorders and the Iowa gambling task (IGT) to analyse decision-making. The study comprised of active EGM gamblers (n = 153) who were divided into two groups: non-problem gambling (NPG, n = 71) and problem gambling (PG, n = 82) based on the cut-off point of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). Multiple logistic regression models were performed to analyse co-occurring disorders separately and simultaneously, and a log-linear model was developed to define the associations between significant variables. The first model showed a strong correlation between gambling severity and measures for depression (p < 0.01), anxiety (p < 0.05), stress (p < 0.05) and alcohol use (p < 0.01), however only depression (p < 0.05) and alcohol use (p < 0.01) remained significant in the second model. Further, no association between social anxiety scores and problem gambling was found in this sample of EGM gamblers in both models. On the IGT, EGM gamblers in the PG group performed significantly worse. Further, the presence of poor decision-making was more pronounced with higher depression scores (p < 0.01) across both NPG and PG groups and higher alcohol use scores (p < 0.05) scores in the PG group. The presence of high levels of co-occurring disorders and its link to poor decision-making are important considerations in the treatment paradigm of EGM problem gamblers.
dc.format.medium Print-Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of gambling studies
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dc.subject Alcohol use
dc.subject Anxiety
dc.subject Decision-making
dc.subject Depression
dc.subject Electronic gaming machine (EGM)
dc.subject Problem gambling
dc.subject Science & Technology
dc.subject Social Sciences
dc.subject Life Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject Substance Abuse
dc.subject Psychology, Multidisciplinary
dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject Depression
dc.subject Anxiety
dc.subject Alcohol use
dc.subject Decision-making
dc.subject Problem gambling
dc.subject Electronic gaming machine (EGM)
dc.subject CO-MORBIDITY
dc.subject SELF-REPORT
dc.subject DSM-IV
dc.subject RISK
dc.subject DEPRESSION
dc.subject 1506 Tourism
dc.subject 1608 Sociology
dc.subject 1701 Psychology
dc.title Concurrent Disorders and Decision-Making in Electronic Gaming Machine Gamblers.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10899-021-10044-z
pubs.begin-page 1 2021-12-28T21:59:51Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 16
pubs.publication-status Published
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 856380
dc.identifier.eissn 1573-3602
dc.identifier.pii 10.1007/s10899-021-10044-z 2021-6-14

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