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Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 265–281 | Cite as

Practical Treatments Considering the Role of Sociocultural Factors on Problem Gambling

  • Kevin Richard
  • Timothy Baghurst
  • J. Michael Faragher
  • Erin Stotts
Review Paper

Abstract

Reviews of problem gambling (PG) literature increasingly recognize the ways in which different ethnic groups are affected by gambling behaviors, yet discourse, which considers sociocultural factors within PG, remains limited. Literature on this topic is influenced by large inconsistencies amongst research studies, overlapping terminology, and variability in the validity of research studies, making conclusions difficult to draw. Despite these discrepancies, this paper explores how sociocultural factors influence PG among diverse cultural groups and provides specific practical implications for treating PG disorders in culturally diverse populations. Notable factors that exacerbate PG behavior cross-culturally include substance abuse, low socioeconomic status, lack of social activities, and geographic location. Culturally sensitive treatment options such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have been identified as effective treatments for PG with culturally diverse populations. This paper extends current thought by providing practical treatment recommendations that consider the subtle nuances of diverse populations. It explains how treatment providers and behavioral addiction professionals can increase their understanding and skills when conceptualizing PG clients from a diverse background.

Keywords

Gambling Problem gambling Culture Race Ethnicity Research Treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Richard
    • 1
  • Timothy Baghurst
    • 1
  • J. Michael Faragher
    • 2
  • Erin Stotts
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Applied Health and Educational PsychologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
  2. 2.Morgridge College of EducationUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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