Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 293–301 | Cite as

Pathological gambling: Marital-familial factors, implications, and treatments

  • Robert W. WildmanII
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Abstract

The literature relating marital/familial factors to pathological gambling is reviewed. It is pointed out that numerous authors who focus on individual factors note the existence of marital problems in their patients. Additionally, improvements in the marriage often follow successful treatment for pathological gambling. Marital therapy has proven to be an effective intervention for this problem in many cases.

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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. WildmanII
    • 1
  1. 1.Lake's Crossing Center for the Mentally Disordered OffenderSparks
  2. 2.Lake's Crossing CenterSparks

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