Type of Gambling as an Independent Risk Factor for Suicidal Events in Pathological Gamblers

Individuals with pathological gambling have an increased risk for suicidal events. Additionally, the prevalence of comorbid psychiatric disorders is high among pathological gamblers. This study analyzes whether the type of gambling is associated with suicidal events in pathological gamblers independently from comorbidity. Participants were recruited in 4 different ways: via random telephone sample from the general population, via individual invitation for study participation in gambling locations, through various media and the distribution of a leaflet in various settings, and via inpatient treatment facilities for pathological gambling. The final sample included 442 participants with a lifetime diagnosis of pathological gambling. A standardized clinical interview was conducted…

Source: Bischof A, Meyer C, Bischof G, John U, Wurst Fm, Thon N, … Rumpf Hj. (2016). Type of Gambling as an Independent Risk Factor for Suicidal Events in Pathological Gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors : Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors. Retrieved from http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26795395

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