Characteristics and beliefs associated with probable pathological gambling: A pilot study with implications for the national gambling impact and policy commission

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Consistent with a specific objective of the National Gambling Impact and Policy Commission Act (Public Law 104-169, 100 Stat., Section 4), this article examines some background, psychological, comorbidity, and personality characteristics and beliefs associated with pathological gambling. The authors develop hypotheses pertaining to differences between probable pathological gamblers and the general population. These hypotheses are tested using two samples: (1) a sample of gamblers, composed of members of Gamblers Anonymous and persons clinically diagnosed and in treatment for pathological gambling (n = 44) and (2) a random sample from the three-state area in which the study was conducted. The results show marked differences between these groups. The authors address implications for consumer welfare and public policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Netemeyer, RG; Burton, S; Cole, LK; Williamson, DA; Zucker, N; Bertman, L; Diefenbach, G

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 160

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1547-7207

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0743-9156

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/074391569801700201

Citation Source

  • Scopus