Gambling Problems and Attempted Suicide. Part I. High Prevalence Amongst Hospital Admissions
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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.
KeywordsProblem gambling Suicide and attempted suicide Screening EIGHT Screen
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