In the Pursuit of Winning

Problem Gambling Theory, Research and Treatment

  • Masood Zangeneh
  • Alex Blaszczynski
  • Nigel E. Turner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masood Zangeneh, Alex Blaszczynski, Nigel E. Turner
      Pages 2-8
  3. Part

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Michael Walker, Tony Schellink, Fadi Anjoul
      Pages 11-31
    3. Nigel E. Turner
      Pages 33-64
    4. Ewa Czerny, Stephanie Koenig, Nigel E. Turner
      Pages 65-82
    5. Masood Zangeneh, Alex Grunfeld, Stephanie Koenig
      Pages 83-94
    6. Lisa Cavion, Carol Wong, Masood Zangeneh
      Pages 95-117
    7. Amnon Jacob Suissa
      Pages 119-133
    8. Masood Zangeneh, Mark Griffiths, Jonathan Parke
      Pages 135-153
    9. Robert Grunfeld, Masood Zangeneh, Lea Diakoloukas
      Pages 155-165
    10. G. E. Minchin
      Pages 167-175
  4. Part

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Malcolm Battersby, Jane Oakes, Barry Tolchard, Angus Forbes, Rene Pols
      Pages 179-197
    3. Jon E. Grant, Suck Won Kim, Marc N. Potenza
      Pages 199-210
    4. Gary Nixon, Jason Solowoniuk
      Pages 211-227
    5. Peter Ferentzy, Wayne Skinner
      Pages 229-250
    6. Lorne M. Korman, Emily Cripps, Tony Toneatto
      Pages 251-269
    7. Rina Gupta, Jeffrey Derevensky
      Pages 271-290
    8. Gary Clifford
      Pages 291-312
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-357

About this book


Poker websites. State lotteries. Sports betting. As gambling outlets become easier to find, more—and younger—people are risking their finances, family lives, and health. In the Pursuit of Winning brings together an international panel of 35 experts to present theoretical, clinical, sociological, historical, and spiritual perspectives on problem gambling, and test popular addiction and disease models in the field. Early chapters examine the general psychology of gambling, before moving on to the irrational ideas associated with compulsive wagering, from belief in luck to illusions of control. The seven chapters in the second half are devoted to evidence-based interventions from a variety of clinical orientations. Case examples, Q&A sections, and a glossary add extra readability to the coverage.

Among the highlights:

  • The genesis of gambling: human nature or social learning?
  • Potential relationships between individual factors—including temperament, coping skills, and specific clinical syndromes—and problem gambling.
  • Beyond the house edge: the view from economics and marketing.
  • Cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, and anger-management interventions for pathological gambling.
  • Guidelines for developmentally appropriate treatment of gambling problems in youth.
  • Cogent reviews of Gamblers Anonymous, telephone/online counseling, and the emerging science of pharmacology in gambling treatment.

For addiction counselors, psychiatrists, health psychologists, clinical social workers, and researchers in behavioral medicine, here are solid insights into an underrecognized client population. Its balance of accessibility and scientific rigor make In the Pursuit of Winning an ideal textbook for applied and graduate programs in addiction counseling and health psychology.


Gambling Gambling and health Gambling and treatment Gambling research Gambling theory Public Health sports

Editors and affiliations

  • Masood Zangeneh
    • 1
  • Alex Blaszczynski
    • 2
  • Nigel E. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-72172-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-72173-6
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