Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 21–26 | Cite as

Psychological Treatment of Slot-Machine Pathological Gambling: New Perspectives

  • Enrique Echeburúa
  • Javier Fernández-Montalvo

In this paper the most relevant findings of our research team on pathological gambling in the last decade are presented. There is no conclusive empirical evidence of a specific profile of the pathological gamblers. The choice treatment appears to be stimulus control and in vivo exposure with response prevention, followed by a cognitive-behavioral intervention in relapse prevention. Predictive variables for the therapeutic failure were the dissatisfaction with the treatment, the alcohol abuse and the neuroticism as a personality variable. Unanswered questions for future research in this field are commented upon.


pathological gambling psychological treatment slot machines. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrique Echeburúa
    • 1
  • Javier Fernández-Montalvo
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de PsicologiaUniversidad del Pais VascoSan SebastianSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Pública de NavarraSpain

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