Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 197–207

The relationship between dissociative-like experiences and sensation seeking among social and problem gamblers

  • Nadia B. Kuley
  • Durand F. Jacobs

DOI: 10.1007/BF01018332

Cite this article as:
Kuley, N.B. & Jacobs, D.F. J Gambling Stud (1988) 4: 197. doi:10.1007/BF01018332


The present study examined the relationships between dissociative experiences, sensation seeking scores, and gambling behavior. On the basis of the frequency of their gambling behavior and responses to the Gamblers Anonymous Twenty Questions, subjects were designated as either problem gamblers (N=30) or social gamblers (N=30).

Those designated as problem gamblers responded “yes” to an average of 12.17 questions on the Gamblers Anonymous Twenty Questions as compared to the social gamblers who averaged 1.90 “yes” responses. Responses on the Twenty Questions correlated strongly with the frequency of gambling behavior and dissociative experiences. Problem gamblers reported a significantly greater number of dissociative experiences than social gamblers (p<.01). Problem gamblers scored significantly higher than social gamblers on the Total Sensation Seeking Scale, and the Boredom Susceptibility, Experience Seeking, and Disinhibition subscales. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia B. Kuley
    • 1
  • Durand F. Jacobs
    • 2
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologySan Diego
  2. 2.Veterans Administration HospitalLoma Linda
  3. 3.Counseling and Psychological ServicesMary Baldwin CollegeStaunton