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Gambling Addiction - Health Psychology

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Gambling as a Health Condition
Gambling addiction affects an individual- financianlly, emotionally, socially and mentally

Australian Society is strongly influenced by gambling - ANZAC DAY, MELBOURNE CUP

In 2009/10, 600 000 Australians played the pokies once a week.

In the last 12 months, between 69-75% of adult Australian's gambled.
Gambling Contiuumn
Pathological Gambling
Risk Factors
Necessary Requirments for Psychologists
115 000 Australian's are deemed problem gamblers.
4-6% of problem gamblers develop into pathological gambling.

Common factors in pathological gamblers;
- Depression, mood disorders and suicide attempts, felony
convictions, spouse and child abuse, unemployment,
substance abuse.
- Narcissitic Personality, personality disorders,
impulse control problems.

Although the specific causes of pathological
gambling are unknown, they are
widely debated, and some
agreement has been made.

Now lets all gamble...
False expectations
Recent stressor in life
Financial problems
Parents with gambling problems
Tie their self-esteem to winning
Standard Criteria for Psychologists;
1. Undergraduate Degree
2. Masters or equivalent provisional registrations, in Clinical Psychology.
3. Registration by the Psychology Board of Australia.

In NSW, the NSW Office for Liquor, Gaming and Racing demands further qualifications for any Psychologist working within the Gaming Industry. Conducted through Non-Government Organizations and funded by the Responsible Gaming Funds - completion of the 3 gaming competencies is essential requirement.
Gambling Addiction
Gambling as a Health Condition
What is Gambling?
involving risking something of value on an uncertain event in hopes of winning something of greater value

Forms of Gambling:
-Lottery, scratiches
-EMG ('Pokies')
-Online gaming/wagering
-Table games
-Sports betting
-many, many more...
to develop a gambling addiction
The house always wins...
A combination of factors
We use the biopsychosocial model when looking at aetiology of problem gambling
Into the field of Psychology...
How to work with Pathological Gamblers:
Complete Undergraduate Degree
Masters / Become Registered Psychologist
Further Requirements
NSW: 3 compentencies through NSW Liquor, Gaming & Racing
Role of Psychologists
There are many roles when dealing with a problem gambler...
Guideline for Screening, Assessment and Treatment in Problem Gambling
Diagnostic Interview for Gambling Severity (DIGS)
Structured Clinical Interview for Pathological Gambling (SCIP)
Diagnostics and Statistics Manual for Mental Health (DSM)

Research and Treatment
Interview with Psychologist
Treatment Clinics
Gambling Treatment Clinic at The University of Sydney - CBT
The Salvation Army's Bridge Program - CBT
Wesley Counselling Support Services - Minimal, self help
Gamblers Anonnymous - abstinence based
Cost to the Community
Estimates social cost of gambling is $4.7 billion a year
This includes:

1. What is the most popular game
in online casinos and regular casinos?

a. Roulette

b. Poker

c. Blackjack

Question 2
Which game was invented by the Chinese and raised a large portion of the funds that paid for the Great Wall of China to be built?
a. Keno

b. Bingo

c. Baccarat

Question 3
In 1899, why was the first slot machine constructed by Charles Fey?

b. He wanted something for his customers to do while waiting for their car to be repaired
c. His mother wanted a new game to play at the club on Sunday instead of Bingo
a. His daughter wanted a scrolling chance machine for her birthday party
Question 1
Aetiology of Problem Gambling
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& What They Offer
Improvements to the system
Online chatroom
University of Sydney
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Motivational Itervieweing
Group Therapy
Practitioner Psychological Interventions
Treatment Options
Job losses
Relationship breakdown
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