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Strategic contingency management to enhance treatment outcomes for problem gamblers

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dc.contributor.advisor Williams, Rob
dc.contributor.author West, Beverly
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. School of Health Sciences
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-08T17:43:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-08T17:43:42Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/735
dc.description xi, 186 leaves ; 29 cm. -- en
dc.description.abstract Problem gambling is best understood from a biopsychosocial perspective, whereby multifaceted biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors interact in ways that may lead to individual risk. Reinforcement contingencies and operant conditioning appear to play particularly important etiological roles. Theoretically, operant conditioning approaches should therefore comprise particularly effective treatment strategies. While operant conditioning in the form of contingency management is known to be an effective treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it has never been applied by clinical practitioners in community-based treatment for problem gambling. The present pilot study explored the utility of adding concrete reward contingencies to community outpatient treatment, from the perspectives of clinical effectiveness and client/counsellor experiences. At 3-month follow-up, clinical outcomes compared well to typical treatment outcomes, and treatment retention appeared to be superior. Participating clients perceived concrete rewards to be moderately effective in the change process, while active therapist acceptance of this technique appeared to be limited. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, School of Health Sciences, 2008 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. School of Health Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Electronic dissertations en
dc.subject Compulsive gambling -- Treatment en
dc.subject Impulse control disorders -- Treatment en
dc.subject Compulsive gamblers -- Counseling of en
dc.subject Behavior modification en
dc.title Strategic contingency management to enhance treatment outcomes for problem gamblers en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en

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