Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 105–119 | Cite as

When Passion Leads to Problematic Outcomes: A Look at Gambling

  • Catherine F. Ratelle
  • Robert J. Vallerand
  • Geneviève A. Mageau
  • François L. Rousseau
  • Pierre Provencher


Vallerand et al. (2003) have proposed that individuals can have two distinct types of passion toward an activity. Harmonious passion, an internal force leading one to choose to engage in the activity, is proposed to be associated with positive consequences. Obsessive passion, an internal pressure forcing one to engage in an activity, is posited to be associated with negative consequences. The present study sought to determine the role of the two types of passion in various cognitive and affective states associated with dependence and problems with gambling. Participants (n = 412) were recruited at the Montréal Casino and given a questionnaire measuring passion toward gambling, as well as consequences associated with dependence and problem gambling. Results showed that obsessive passion for gambling predicted poorer vitality and concentration in daily tasks, as well as increased rumination, anxiety, negative mood, guilt, and problem gambling. These relations were not found for harmonious passion for gambling. Results are discussed in light of the motivational approach to passion (Vallerand et al., 2003).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine F. Ratelle
    • 1
  • Robert J. Vallerand
    • 2
  • Geneviève A. Mageau
    • 3
  • François L. Rousseau
    • 1
  • Pierre Provencher
    • 1
  1. 1.Université LavalCanada
  2. 2.Département de PsychologieUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Université du Québec àMontréal

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