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Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy for Gamblers

This study has been completed.
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Edelgard Wulfert, University at Albany Identifier:
First received: September 24, 2003
Last updated: December 30, 2013
Last verified: December 2013

September 24, 2003
December 30, 2013
September 2003
January 2007   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy for Gamblers
Cognitive-Motivational Behavior Therapy for Gamblers

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive motivational behavior therapy (CMBT) in treating pathological gamblers.

Pathological gambling is developing into a serious public health problem. The rise in gambling problems has stimulated treatment studies, but little progress has been made. A particular concern is the high dropout rates from treatment studies; gamblers often seek treatment, but fail to complete it and relapse. This study will test the effectiveness of CMBT in helping to increase retention rates in gambling treatment studies.

The first step in this study is designed to enhance gamblers' readiness for change. When participants are committed to change, CMBT will then address specific cognitive biases regarding the notion of randomness, which is thought to lie at the heart of gambling problems. Behavioral components will also be used to enhance gamblers' coping skills.

The participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either CMBT or a Gambler's Anonymous control group. Participants will be assessed prior to and after treatment and at 3- and 6-month follow-up visits. Interviews and questionnaires will be used to assess participants.

Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Behavioral: Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy
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May 2007
January 2007   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling
  • Eighth grade reading ability
  • Reside in the Albany, NY area

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of serious psychopathology, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, or alcohol or other substance dependence
17 Years and older
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United States
R21 MH64568, R21MH064568, DSIR AT-AS
Edelgard Wulfert, University at Albany
University at Albany
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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University at Albany
December 2013

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