Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 443–450 | Cite as

Pathological Gamblers: Inpatients’ versus Outpatients’ Characteristics

  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Caroline Sylvain
  • Serge Sévigny
  • Lynda Poirier
  • Laurent Brisson
  • Carlos Dias
  • Claudie Dufour
  • Pierrette Pilote
Original Paper

Abstract

Several researchers and clinicians have questioned the advantages and disadvantages of inpatient and outpatient treatment for people suffering from pathological gambling. This study compares the characteristics of pathological gamblers seeking inpatient and outpatient treatment. A total of 233 pathological gamblers (inpatients = 134, outpatients = 99) participated in the study. Results show that inpatients have more severe gambling problems than those receiving outpatient services. Similar results were obtained on most other related variables such as anxiety, depression, alcohol consumption, and comorbidity. These results are discussed in terms of the costs and benefits of these two treatment modalities.

Keywords

Inpatient Outpatient Pathological gamblers Characteristics of gamblers Severity of gambling problems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Caroline Sylvain
    • 1
  • Serge Sévigny
    • 1
  • Lynda Poirier
    • 2
  • Laurent Brisson
    • 3
  • Carlos Dias
    • 4
  • Claudie Dufour
    • 5
  • Pierrette Pilote
    • 6
  1. 1.School of PsychologyLaval UniversityQuebecCanada
  2. 2.Centre CasaMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Centre de réadaptation Ubald-VilleneuveBeauportCanada
  4. 4.Centre de réadaptation ALTOBeauceville-QuestCanada
  5. 5.Maison au seuil de l’harmonieBeauportCanada
  6. 6.Maison Claude BilodeauSaint-HubertCanada

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