A meta-analysis examining the relationship of pathological gambling to impulsivity, addictions and obsessive-compulsive traits.

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Master Thesis

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Psychology, Clinical.


Frisch, G. R.




Pathological Gambling is a serious disorder characterized by recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior that disrupts personal relationships, causes financial difficulties, and leads to a cognitive preoccupation with gambling. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) classifies Pathological Gambling as an Impulse Control Disorder. While there is mixed evidence linking Pathological Gambling to high levels of impulsivity, other studies have demonstrated that Pathological Gambling is also closely related to both the Substance Use Disorders as well as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This meta-analysis was designed to determine the relative strengths of the relationship between Pathological Gambling and each of these three categories of disorders. A total of 54 studies were identified that examined these variables. Using a variety of dependent measures and outcome statistics, weighted effect sizes (Cohen's d index weighted by primary study sample) were calculated for each of the aggregate impulsivity-, obsessive-compulsive-, and addictions-pathological gambling relationships. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .W545. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-05, page: 1822. Adviser: Ron Frisch. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.

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