Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 537–553 | Cite as

Remission from Pathological Gambling among Hispanics and Native Americans

  • Joseph Westermeyer
  • Jose Canive
  • Paul Thuras
  • Suk W. Kim
  • Ross Crosby
  • James Thompson
  • Judith Garrard


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.


gambling 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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Westermeyer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jose Canive
    • 4
    • 5
  • Paul Thuras
    • 1
    • 3
  • Suk W. Kim
    • 6
  • Ross Crosby
    • 7
  • James Thompson
    • 8
  • Judith Garrard
    • 9
  1. 1.Minneapolis VAMCMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and AnthropologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Albuquerque VAMCAlbuquerqueUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  7. 7.Department of Clinical NeuroscienceUniversity of North DakotaFargoUSA
  8. 8.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  9. 9.Department of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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