Single-Session Exposure Therapy for Problem Gambling: A Single-Case Experimental Design

Barry Tolchard, Lyndall Thomas, Malcolm Battersby

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Abstract

There is a paucity of treatment-outcome research for problem or pathological gambling. Single-session exposure therapy has been used successfully with a broad range of psychological disorders such as panic disorder and the phobias. This article will describe the use of single-session graded exposure to treat problem gambling with an Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) gambler. Pretreatment to 6-month follow-up repeated measures showed a significant reduction in client-rated gambling severity, that is, showed a significant reduction in client-rated gambling severity (Gambling Severity Checklist [GSCL]), the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). This case demonstrates a novel intervention which is brief, convenient and accessible to the client, and which resulted in gains maintained over the medium-term. This promising single case indicates the need for further research to determine whether positive benefits are realised in larger randomised control designs.
LanguageEnglish
Pages148-155
Number of pages8
JournalBehaviour Change
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Tolchard, Barry ; Thomas, Lyndall ; Battersby, Malcolm. / Single-Session Exposure Therapy for Problem Gambling : A Single-Case Experimental Design. In: Behaviour Change. 2006 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 148-155.
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