Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 87–102 | Cite as

Minimal treatments and problem gamblers: A preliminary investigation

  • Mark Dickerson
  • John Hinchy
  • Stephanie Legg England


In view of the increasing popularity of minimal intervention treatments for problem drinking, a self-help manual for people who wish to reduce or stop gambling was prepared. Twenty-nine (ACT residents) who responded to advertisements for help with problem gambling were allocated to either of two minimal treatments, “Manual (only)” and “Manual & Interview”. On average, clients from both groups reduced the frequency of their gambling sessions, frequency of overspending, and amount spent per week in the first three months and next three months after first contact, but expenditure per session increased from three to six months, after an initial improvement. There was no evidence that a single in-depth interview added to the effectiveness of the manual.


Problem Gambler Preliminary Investigation Intervention Treatment Problem Drinking Minimal Treatment 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Dickerson
    • 1
  • John Hinchy
    • 1
  • Stephanie Legg England
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAustralian National UniversityAustralia

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