Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 201–210 | Cite as

Family, marital, and occupational satisfaction for recovering pathological gamblers

  • Clark J. HudakJr.
  • Raju Varghese
  • Robert M. Politzer


This paper describes the efforts of a private gambling treatment program to conduct a retrospective study of pathological gamblers treated in a publicly supported residential program. The Johns Hopkins Center for Pathological Gambling treated approximately 100 pathological gamblers nationwide from 1979 to 1983 in its residential component. Twenty-six gamblers were assessed regarding their recovery status with specific focus on family, marital status and occupational satisfaction. It was hypothesized that the more satisfied patients would display lower frequencies of gambling and that gambling frequency was dependent upon the level of satisfaction. Thirty-one percent of these gamblers reported abstinence. Regression analyses indicated that the recovery of pathological gamblers as measured by frequency of gambling is significantly influenced by job satisfaction, and moderately influenced by marital status and family life satisfaction. Consequently, these factors should be addressed by mental health professionals in research and treatment of pathological gambling.


Mental Health Retrospective Study Health Professional Life Satisfaction Marital Status 
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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clark J. HudakJr.
    • 1
  • Raju Varghese
    • 2
  • Robert M. Politzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington Center for Pathological GamblingCollege Park
  2. 2.University of Maryland School of Social WorkUSA

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