Are There Distinctive Outcomes from Self-Exclusion? An Exploratory Study Comparing Gamblers Who Have Self-Excluded, Received Counselling, or Both

  • Nerilee Hing
  • Alex Russell
  • Barry Tolchard
  • Elaine Nuske
Article

Abstract

Research has not determined whether typical improvements in psychosocial functioning following self-exclusion are due to the intervention. This study aimed to explore distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion by assessing outcomes between 1) self-excluders who had and had not received gambling counselling and 2) self-excluders compared to non-self-excluders who had received gambling counselling. A longitudinal design administered three assessments on gambling behaviour, problem gambling severity, gambling urge, alcoholism, general health, and harmful consequences. Of the 86 participants at Time 1 with similar baseline scores, 59.3 % completed all assessments. By Time 2, all groups (self-excluded only, self-excluded plus counselling, counselling only) had vastly improved on most outcome measures. Improvements were sustained at Time 3. Outcomes did not differ for self-exclusion combined with counselling. Compared to non-excluders, more self-excluders abstained from most problematic gambling form and fewer had harmful consequences. Findings suggest self-exclusion may have similar short-term outcomes to counselling alone and may reduce harm in the short-term.

Keywords

Self-exclusion Problem gambling Counselling Outcomes Longitudinal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nerilee Hing
    • 1
  • Alex Russell
    • 2
  • Barry Tolchard
    • 3
  • Elaine Nuske
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Gambling Education and ResearchSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Gambling Education and ResearchSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  3. 3.School of HealthUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  4. 4.Centre for Gambling Education and ResearchSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

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