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J Appl Behav Anal. 2010 Fall;43(3):531-5. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2010.43-531.

The effect of gambling activities on happiness levels of nursing home residents.

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Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program, Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, USA. mdixon@siu.edu

Abstract

The current study evaluated the effect of participating in simulated gambling activities on happiness levels of 3 nursing home residents. A 4-component analysis was used to measure objective responses associated with happiness during baseline, varying durations of engagement in simulated gambling activities, and 2 follow-up periods. Results indicated that all residents exhibited a higher percentage of happiness levels while engaged in simulated gambling activities compared with baseline. Follow-up assessment took place 10 min and 30 min following the intervention; no lasting effects were observed.

KEYWORDS:

elderly; engagement; gambling; happiness

PMID:
21358915
PMCID:
PMC2938943
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.2010.43-531
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