Poker mania and problem gambling: A study of distorted cognitions, motivation and alexithymia

Dana V. Mitrovic, Jac Brown*

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    Abstract

    This study examines the relationships between distorted cognitions, motivation, and alexithymia on problem gambling in poker players (n = 96). Respondents completed questionnaires containing the Canadian Problem Gambling Index, Gambling Motivation Scale, Gambler's Beliefs Questionnaire, and Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20. The results suggest that problem gambling is significantly related to distorted cognitions, non-self-determined motivation, and difficulty identifying feelings. Implications are drawn for the development of more relevant intervention, prevention, and treatment strategies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-502
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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