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Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Nov;59(11):1343-6. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.59.11.1343.

Treatment seeking among Ontario problem gamblers: results of a population survey.

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Social, Prevention, and Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. helensuurvali@camh.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined help seeking for gambling concerns among people with different levels of gambling problems.

METHODS:

Ontario adults who had gambled more than dollars 100 (N=4,217) and who screened positive for a possible gambling problem (N=1,205) were classified according to gambling problem severity and asked about their experiences with gambling treatment.

RESULTS:

Only 6% of gamblers had ever accessed a service, including a self-help group or self-help materials. With self-help materials excluded, only 3% of gamblers (from 1% of those who met only the initial CLiP screening criteria to 53% of those with pathological gambling) had sought treatment for gambling.

CONCLUSIONS:

Few gamblers sought treatment for gambling problems; greater problem severity was associated with greater likelihood of using treatment, with self-help materials used most often. Further research is needed on why treatment seeking is low and on the effectiveness of self-help resources in reaching gamblers with problems in earlier stages.

PMID:
18971414
DOI:
10.1176/ps.2008.59.11.1343
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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