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Gambling Problems and Attempted Suicide. Part I. High Prevalence Amongst Hospital Admissions

  • Alison Penfold
  • Simon Hatcher
  • Sean Sullivan
  • Nicola Collins
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Abstract

In this study, 70 patients admitted to an Auckland (New Zealand) hospital following a suicide attempt were screened with a brief problem gambling screen (the EIGHT Screen) by hospital staff. Twelve (17.1%) tested positive for problem gambling, with half having attempted suicide in the past. A conclusion was drawn that problem gambling amongst those who had attempted suicide could be an important factor in designing effective future interventions.

Keywords

Problem gambling Suicide and attempted suicide Screening EIGHT Screen 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Penfold
    • 1
  • Simon Hatcher
    • 1
  • Sean Sullivan
    • 1
  • Nicola Collins
    • 1
  1. 1.Abacus Counselling, Training and Supervision Ltd.AucklandNew Zealand

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