Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 5–39 | Cite as

Pathological gambling: A review of the literature (prepared for the American Psychiatric Association task force on DSM-IV committee on disorders of impulse control not elsewhere classified)

  • Henry R. Lesieur
  • Richard J. Rosenthal
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Abstract

This is a review of the literature on pathological gambling prepared for the work group on disorders of impulse control, not elsewhere classified of the American Psychiatric Association. It introduces the new DSM-IV criteria as well as outlines the phases of the career of the pathological gambler. Research discussed includes that on pathological gambling and psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, family issues, children, finances, and crime. Psychoanalytic, personality, behavioral, sociological, psychologically based addiction theories, and physiological research are also summarized. Finally, treatment outcome studies are outlined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry R. Lesieur
    • 1
  • Richard J. Rosenthal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology & AnthropologySt. John's UniversityJamaicaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUCLA School of MedicineUSA

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