Natural Course of Gambling Disorders: Forty-Month Follow-Up

About the Course:

Little is known about the natural course of gambling disorders. The present study followed a group of active pathological gamblers for a three-and-a-half year period. In particular, the study addressed changes in gambling behavior and the process individuals used in making changes, including whether or not they had plans to reduce gambling when they initially participated and if so, whether they followed through and how.


Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

Issue 14, September 2005


David C. Hodgins and Nicole Peden

About the Author:

The authors are associated with the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the natural course of gambling disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss previous findings regarding the progression and regression of pathological gambling behaviors.

  2. Explain the methodology of the reported survey and the study instruments used.

  3. Identify results obtained from the study and implications for future research and treatment.

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