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Are There Distinctive Outcomes from Self-Exclusion? An Exploratory Study Comparing Gamblers Who Have Self-Excluded, Received Counselling, or Both

Hing, Nerilee, Russell, Alex, Tolchard, Barry and Nuske, Elaine (2015). Are There Distinctive Outcomes from Self-Exclusion? An Exploratory Study Comparing Gamblers Who Have Self-Excluded, Received Counselling, or Both. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,13(4):481-496.

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Title Are There Distinctive Outcomes from Self-Exclusion? An Exploratory Study Comparing Gamblers Who Have Self-Excluded, Received Counselling, or Both
Author Hing, Nerilee
Russell, Alex
Tolchard, Barry
Nuske, Elaine
Journal Name International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1557-1882   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84934438484
Start Page 481
End Page 496
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Field of Research 111714 - Mental Health
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Research has not determined whether typical improvements in psychosocial functioning following self-exclusion are due to the intervention. This study aimed to explore distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion by assessing outcomes between 1) self-excluders who had and had not received gambling counselling and 2) self-excluders compared to non-self-excluders who had received gambling counselling. A longitudinal design administered three assessments on gambling behaviour, problem gambling severity, gambling urge, alcoholism, general health, and harmful consequences. Of the 86 participants at Time 1 with similar baseline scores, 59.3 % completed all assessments. By Time 2, all groups (self-excluded only, self-excluded plus counselling, counselling only) had vastly improved on most outcome measures. Improvements were sustained at Time 3. Outcomes did not differ for self-exclusion combined with counselling. Compared to non-excluders, more self-excluders abstained from most problematic gambling form and fewer had harmful consequences. Findings suggest self-exclusion may have similar short-term outcomes to counselling alone and may reduce harm in the short-term.
Keywords Self-exclusion
Problem gambling
Counselling
Outcomes
Longitudinal
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-015-9554-1   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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