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NLB Library Guide: Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction or pathological gambling is a hidden disease that sufferers exhibit when they become so excessively preoccupied with the activity of gambling to the exclusion of everything and everyone else, including family members. Financial ruin, family disintegration, breakdown of mental and physical health are some of the accompanying consequences of this disorder. Treatment and counseling are important to help such people overcome their addiction and resume a life of normalcy.

Gambling as an addictive behaviour: Impaired control, harm minimisation, treatment and prevention - Dickerson, M. & O'Connor, J. (2006).
Call Number: R 616.85841 DIC
Approaches the topic of gambling addiction from the root cause of the inability to apply self-control to limit spending beyond one’s means. Also discusses how the underlying psychological variables that impair self-control in this form of addiction are similar to those of other addictive behaviors.

Pathological gambling: Etiology, comorbidity, and treatment - Petry, N. M. (2005).
Call Number: R 616.85841 PET
Petry begins by discussing various forms and intensities of problem gambling, reviews the causes and treatments for curing this addiction, examines factors that make various population segments more predisposed towards gambling and presents her own cognitive-behavioral therapy for helping to reform gambling addicts.

Pathological gambling: A Clinical guide to treatment - Grant, J. E. & Potenza, M. N. (Eds.). (2004).
Call Number: R 616.8584106 PAT
Written by medical professionals, this book covers the symptoms & psychological causes of pathological gambling, examines how it affects different population segments and assesses the various treatment methods used to help correct this disorder.

The biology of gambling - Aasved, M. (2003).
Call Number: R 616.85841 AAS
This volume examines the causes of compulsive or pathological gambling from a biological basis, with discussions on general addiction as well as gambling specific causal models.

Gambling problems in youth: Theoretical and applied perspectives. - Derevensky, J. L. & Gupta, R. (2004).
Call Number: R 363.420835 GAM
Examines the current trends and demographics of gambling among youths as well as issues such as risk factors, measurement of gambling problems, treatment methods and prevention strategies to lower the youth gambling statistics.

Futures at stake: Youth, gambling, and society - Shaffer, H. J. et al (Eds.). (2003).
Call Number: R 363.420835097 FUT
This collection of essays focuses on how the gambling prevalence among the youth has affected family relations, society, and the implications on the gambling law. Also covers the role and responsibility of the gaming industry, in their efforts to curb underage gambling.

The psychodynamics and psychology of gambling: The Gambler's mind - Aasved,M. (2002).
Call Number: R 616.85841 AAS
Aasyed explores the workings of a gambling addict’s mind, the motivations behind his propensity for gambling from the perspective of the psychoanalytic theory, personality theory, behavioral psychology (learning or reinforcement theory) and cognitive (irrational thinking) theory.

The downside: Problem and pathological gambling - Marotta, J. J. et al (Eds.). (2000).
Call Number: R 616.85841 DOW
The essays in this book debate the issue of problem gambling, highlighting the typical clinical behaviors of gamblers, pathological gambling trends in the US and the widespread phenomena of problem gambling amongst various population segments.

Gambling: Who Wins? who loses? - Reith, C. (2002).
Call Number: R 306.482 GAM
Varied issues on gambling are covered in this book, such as gambling economics, problem gambling and impact on public policy, commercial regulation of casinos, environmental and psychological factors that predispose some people to gambling and ethical issues such as the legalization of gambling.
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