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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 299–310 | Cite as

Clinical and behavioral evaluation of pathological gambling in Barcelona, Spain

  • Angels Gonzàlez Ibàñez
  • Pilar V. Mercadé
  • Ma Neus Aymamí Sanromà
  • Carolina Pastor Cordero
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Abstract

This paper assesses both the clinical characteristics and gambling behavior of 45 pathological gamblers (40 male, 5 female, average age 41) in a psychiatric hospital in Barcelona, Spain. These pathological gamblers tend to have other addictions and psychiatric disorders in addition to their pathological gambling. Suicidal ideation and attempts were one of the most frequent complications with these patients. Slot and fruit machines were found to be the most preferred form of gambling. Loans and crime were frequently used by the gambler to finance his or her gambling. Nevertheless, the gambler is rarely aggessive, and legal problems resulting from serious crimes are the exception. The profile presentes is similar to that found among pathological gamblers in other countries.

Keywords

Psychiatric Disorder Suicidal Ideation Pathological Gambler Psychiatric Hospital Frequent Complication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angels Gonzàlez Ibàñez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pilar V. Mercadé
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ma Neus Aymamí Sanromà
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carolina Pastor Cordero
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Licenciada con grado en PsicologiaSpain
  2. 2.Ciutat Sanitària de BellvitgeHospital Princeps d'Espanya, Servei de PsiquiatriaSpain

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