Journal of Addiction
Previous research has reported a strong relationship between endorsing gambling as an escape and problem/pathological gambling as measured by the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). The present study recruited 249 university students to complete the Gambling Functional Assessment-Revised (GFA-R), which measures the function of the respondent’s gambling, as well as the SOGS and the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), which was designed to identify gambling problems in the general population. Endorsing gambling as an escape on the GFA-R was again predictive of SOGS scores. The function of one’s gambling was also predictive of the respondents’ PGSI scores, but whether gambling for positive reinforcement or as an escape was the significant predictor differed between male and female respondents. Scores on the GFA-R subscales also accounted for a significant amount of variance in PGSI scores above and beyond that accounted for by SOGS scores. The present results support the idea that both practitioners and researchers should be interested in the function of an individual’s gambling as well as the presence or the absence of pathology. They also suggest that differences in the function of gambling might also exist between the sexes.
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Jeffrey N. Weatherly, “The Relationship between Endorsing Gambling as an Escape and the Display of Gambling Problems,” Journal of Addiction, vol. 2013, Article ID 156365, 7 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/156365
Weatherly, Jeffrey N., "The Relationship between Endorsing Gambling as an Escape and the Display of Gambling Problems" (2013). Psychology Faculty Publications. 1.