Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Frisch, G. R.


Psychology, Clinical.




The present study compared 29 pathological gamblers in Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and 29 matched non-pathologically gambling controls on the conceptually interrelated constructs of depression, styles of private inner experience, and coping styles. Depression was measured by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI; Beck, Rush, Shaw, & Emery, 1979), styles of private inner experience were measured by the Short Imaginal Processes Inventory (SIPI; Huba, Singer, Aneshensel, & Antrobus, 1982), and coping styles were measured by the Problem-Focused Styles of Coping Inventory (PF-SOC; Heppner, Cook, Wright, & Johnson, 1995). Pathological gamblers reported significantly more depression than controls, but did not demonstrate different styles of private inner experience compared to their nonpathologically gambling peers. Pathological gamblers reported less reflective coping, but more suppressive and reactive coping compared with controls. Implications for theoretical models of pathological gambling, construct validity of the SIPI and PF-SOC instruments, future research in pathological gambling, and treatment of pathological gamblers are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .G47. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0365. Adviser: G. R. Frisch. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.