PREVENTING GAMBLING PATHOLOGY
aUniversity of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Bd. M. Kogalniceanu 050107, Bucharest, Romania
bHyperion University, Faculty of Psychology, Calea Calarasilor 169, Bucharest, 31615 Romania
Although gambling and betting is in contemporary society socially accepted form of entertainment there is a risk that their practice to degenerate in a repeatable and uncontrolled behavior, with many negative consequences. In the present theoretical synthesis it is highlighted a public health perspective and promotes prevention responsible game among all adults, not just those who practice game pathological chance. Measures to reduce the consequences associated with the game of chance is alternative policies that promote total abstinence, for programs promoted is to prevent pathological form of the game of chance and give specialized assistance to persons who have developed a game problem. In this respect, this paper presents the basic assumptions of a prevention program game chance of disease and harm reduction in terms of Blaszczynski (2002). Prevention and information given to the effects of gambling, specialists in the field (Gupta, Derevensky & Ellenbogen, 2006) believes that young must be informed about the eight steps that can lead to form pathological game of chance: fun, excitement, obsession, naivety, wrong choices; highlighting and decay. In Romania, the Novomatic Group of Companies started in Aquamarin Clinic collaboration with the "play responsibly" which aims preventing disease and promoting the game of chance a social game in charge, regarded by players as a way of recreation, which is allocated a predetermined amount of money and limited time (Rizeanu, 2012).
Keywords: gambling, entertainment, addictive behavior prevention programs, gambling pathology, excitement.
This article can be cited as:
5. S. Rizeanu (2012). Preventing gambling pathology. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, vol. 3 no.2, pp. 29-36, 2012.
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