Remission from Pathological Gambling among Hispanics and Native Americans
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This community survey studied remission from pathological gambling (PG) among American Indian (AI) and Hispanic American (HA) veterans. Remission was defined as having a lifetime diagnosis of PG, but no gambling symptoms in the last year. Sample consisted of 1624 AI and Hispanic veterans. Instruments included demographic data, the computer-based algorithmic Quick Diagnostic Interview Schedule Symptom, and three symptom checklists, one each for substance related problems (MAST/AD), anxiety and depressive symptoms (BSI-57), and combat-related post-trauma symptoms (PCL/M). Remission was associated with absence of a current Axis 1 diagnosis, especially absence of a current post-traumatic stress disorder.
Keywordsgambling veterans American Indian Hispanic remission.
This study was support by a grant from the HSRD Research Office of VACO. Eligio Padilla, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, and Peter Meyers, Psy.D., a Lakota psychologist with extensive experience among AI clients in the Upper Midwest, Dana Chesness, study coordinator, and Sean Nugent, statistician, Minneapolis VAMC collaborated in the project design.
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