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ERIC Number: EJ864239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
Pathological Gambling Subtypes
Vachon, David D.; Bagby, R. Michael
Psychological Assessment, v21 n4 p608-615 Dec 2009
Although pathological gambling (PG) is regarded in the 4th edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) as a unitary diagnostic construct, it is likely composed of distinct subtypes. In the current report, the authors used cluster analyses of personality traits with a non-treatment-seeking community sample of gamblers and identified 3 PG subtypes. Gamblers partitioned into a simple PG cluster, characterized by low rates of comorbid psychopathology and trait scores near the normative mean; a hedonic PG cluster, characterized by moderate rates of comorbid psychopathology and a proclivity for excitement seeking and positive affect; and a demoralized PG cluster, characterized by high rates of comorbid psychopathology and a propensity toward negative affect, low positive emotionality, and disinhibition. The findings provide preliminary support for an empirically based typology of gamblers, distinguishable in terms of personality structure, which may reflect different etiologies. (Contains 5 footnotes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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