Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 223–227

Cognitive and behavior therapy in a case of compulsive gambling

  • Glen BannisterJr.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01186795

Cite this article as:
Bannister, G. Cogn Ther Res (1977) 1: 223. doi:10.1007/BF01186795


The literature contains few reports of behavior therapy used to treat compulsive gamblers. Desensitization (Draft, 1970),electrical aversion (Goorney, 1968; Seager, 1969),and a multifaceted approach including faradic shock, covert sensitization, massed practice, and time-out (Cotler, 1971)have been reported with mixed results. The increasing interest of behavior therapists in cognitive-symbolic mediation is well documented (Bandura, 1969; Mahoney, 1974; Meichenbaum, 1976);however, there are no reports of behavior therapists using a cognitive learning approach with a covert conditioning therapy to treat compulsive gambling. Such an approach is described in the present case report.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen BannisterJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology ServiceVeterans Administration HospitalTuskegeeUSA
  2. 2.MontgomeryUSA

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