Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity, and Treatment

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9781433811777: Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity, and Treatment

Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity, and Treatment examines the prevalence and consequences of problem gambling as well as approaches to treatment. In this comprehensive book, Petry clarifies the current understanding of gambling as a disorder, including its levels of intensity; possible origins in biological, neurological, developmental, and environmental spheres; and special issues surrounding populations that seem to be more susceptible to problem gambling, including youth, ethnic minorities, and those with comorbid affective disorders such as depression.

The author reviews treatments commonly used for pathological gambling as well as nonprofessionally guided interventions such as Gamblers Anonymous. Petry then presents her own brief cognitive-behavioral approach, whose success is empirically proven in the largest known study of psychosocial treatments of problem gamblers.

This book represents a review of everything currently known about problem gambling as well as promising treatment approaches, making it an invaluable, comprehensive resource for both therapists and researchers in the field of pathological gambling.

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About the Author:

Nancy Petry earned a BA in 1990 from Randolph-Macon Woman s College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994. In 1996, she joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center, where she is Professor of Psychiatry. She conducts research on the treatment of addictive disorders, ranging from substance use disorders to pathological gambling, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles. Her work is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Petry serves as a consultant and advisor for the National Institute of Health and she is on the editorial boards of six academic journals. She received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in 2003.


"Fully consistent with its title, this book provides a wide-ranging overview of the psychological causes, covariates, and treatments for disordered gambling in the US. Petry (Univ. of Connecticut Health Center) displays her encyclopedic knowledge of the subject with great clarity, making this work not only an invaluable tool for beginning researchers and practitioners, but also an indispensable one for advanced scholars and therapists. Punctuating her book with many helpful charts for reviewing essential findings from important gambling research areas and material from illustrative case studies, Petry has a great aptitude for conveying complex materials straightforwardly. Her text makes it easy to keep abreast of the gambling knowledge base, follow its cumulative development, and identify the important knowledge gaps in this field. Her extensive experience in dealing with gamblers in treatment also helps to make this part of the work truly exceptional. Anyone with a serious interest in gambling will want this book in their personal library. Now and for the future, this work should remain an indispensable piece of scholarship for those working as researchers and practitioners in this field. Summing Up: Essential." --CHOICE, Outstanding Academic Title

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