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Personality traits and disorders in pathological gamblers versus normal controls.
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PMID:  18551886     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To establish the personality traits and disorders of pathological gamblers in treatment by means of a descriptive cross-sectional study of two prospective matched-pair cohorts: 50 pathological gamblers versus a control group of 50 normal volunteers (non-patient and non-pathological gamblers). All the pathological gamblers of the sample followed treatment as out-patients in the province of Valencia (Spain-EU). Recruitment period: January-May 2004.
MEASURE INSTRUMENTS: South Oaks Gambling Screen, Barratt Impulsivity Scale, Sensation Seeking Scale, and Structured Clinical Interview for Personality Disorders of Axis II of DSM-IV.
FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: Male pathological gamblers go more often to health and social care facilities. Pathological gamblers prefer to play slot machines, present a higher prevalence of personality disorders, most of them belonging to cluster B, are more impulsive and higher sensation seekers than the controls. There are no linear relationships between the severity of pathological gambling and the traits of impulsivity and sensation seeking respectively.
Cristina Sáez-Abad; José Manuel Bertolín-Guillén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of addictive diseases     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1055-0887     ISO Abbreviation:  J Addict Dis     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-16     Completed Date:  2008-07-08     Revised Date:  2013-07-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107051     Medline TA:  J Addict Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of Mental Health of Torrente (Valencia), Health Department 9, Valencian Health Agency, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exploratory Behavior
Gambling / psychology*
Impulse Control Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  psychology
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
Personality Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  psychology
Prospective Studies

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