PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING AND IMPULSIVITY
Hyperion University of Bucharest,
Department of Psychology
Pathological gambling is a psychological disorder that usually begins as an enjoyable activity, but in time, some gamblers become addicted to gambling, they lose their jobs, their family and feel depressed and anxious. Pathological gambling differs from the recreational or social gambling of most adults, who view it as a form of entertainment and wager only small amounts. This behaviour affects the gambler's family and friends and the most obvious consequence of gambling problems is a poor private economy. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV, 2000) the official publication of the American Psychiatric Association, classified pathological gambling in the section on disorders of impulse control and defines this disorder as ”a persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behaviour that is not better accounted for by a manic episode”. This research supports the existence of a positive correlation between pathological gambling and impulsivity among pathological gamblers presenting for treatment. A group of 90 patients diagnosed with pathological gambling which joined this research filled in the SOGS- South Oaks Gambling Screen and the Barratt Impulsivity Scale. The results were compared to those obtained by a control group. The clinical group shown higher level of impulsivity scores measured with Barratt impulsivity scale compared to the control group.
Cuvinte cheie: joc de şansă patologic, impulsivitate, comportament.
Keywords: pathological gambling, impulsivity, behaviour.
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