Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 143–150 | Cite as

Diagnosis and therapy of male gamblers in a university psychiatric hospital

  • Wolfgang Bellaire
  • Dieter Caspari


From 1980 to mid-1990 fifty-one gamblers were evaluated and treated at the psychiatric university hospital of Homburg/Saar in Germany. All were men with a mean age of 33.7 years. Gambling had lasted 5.2 years on average. Most patients were motivated to undergo therapy by members of their family. The majority of them had been in psychotherapeutic treatment before. Thirty-six of the 51 patients had committed punishable acts including fraud and embezzlement and, in 7 cases, robbery. The sample could be divided into three clinical subgroups. The first group consisted of patients with severe psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness or organic brain disorder. Patients of the second group suffered from serious personality disorders. Those of the third group showed deep-rooted problems in their current relationships.


Schizophrenia Personality Disorder Psychiatric Hospital Psychiatric Disease Brain Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Bellaire
    • 1
  • Dieter Caspari
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitätsnervenklinik-PsychiatrieHomburg/SaarGermany

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