Tuesday, September 04, 2007

CBT and pathological gambling

A study of 290 people in Spain looked at the effectiveness of group cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for people with pathological gambling problems. After 16 weekly sessions of group CBT 76.1% of the sample had stopped gambling and this had risen to 81.5% six months after the end of treatment. 'Psychopathological distress' and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder were both associated with patients being more likely to drop out of treatment.

Jimenez-Murcia, Susana ... [et al] - Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for pathological gambling : analysis of effectiveness and predictors of therapy outcome Psychotherapy Research September 2007; 17(5), 544-552

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