Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 123–135 | Cite as

The role of subjective mood states in the maintenance of fruit machine gambling behaviour

  • Mark Griffiths


Explanations involving the etiology of pathological gambling have tended to emphasize psychosocial factors. However, the possibility that psychobiological factors are important should not be ruled out. Two currently researched psychobiological approaches to gambling involve the role of (i) arousal and (ii) depression. A study analyzing the subjective mood variables of 60 gamblers (44 males and 16 females; mean age 23.4 years) using self report measures was carried out in an attempt to identify which mood states are critical to gambling maintenance. Results indicated that regular and pathological gamblers experienced more depressive moods before playing and that regular and pathological gamblers experienced significantly more excitement during gambling than non regular gamblers. These results are discussed in relation to contemporary literature regarding the roles of arousal and depression in the maintenance of gambling behaviour.


Psychosocial Factor Depressive Mood Pathological Gambler Mood State Gambling Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Griffiths
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthEngland

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