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Aug 12, 2019

WCP-2019

DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORIES OF GAMBLING SEVERITY AFTER COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

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gambling disorder

behavioral addiction

therapy

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gambling disorder

behavioral addiction

therapy

Abstract

Aims: To estimate trajectories of the gambling disorder (GD) severity during 12 months following a manualized cognitive-behavior-therapy (CBT) program, and to identify the main variables associated with each trajectory. Methods: Latent Class Growth Analysis examined the longitudinal changes of n=603 treatment-seeking patients with GD. Results: Five separate empirical trajectories were identified: T1 (n=383, 63.5%) was characterized by the most severe baseline gambling severity levels and positive progress to recovery during the follow-up period; T2 (n=154, 25.5%) featured participants with high baseline gambling severity and good progress to recovery; T3 (n=30, 5.0%) was made up of patients with high gambling baseline severity and slow progress to recovery; T4 (n=13, 2.2%) and T5 (n=23, 3.8%) contained participants with severe baseline gambling severity and moderate (T4) and poor (T5) progress in GD severity during the follow-up. Psychopathological state and personality traits discriminated between trajectories. Poor compliance with the therapy guidelines and the presence of relapses also differed between the trajectories. Conclusions: Our findings show that patients seeking treatment for GD are heterogeneous and that trends in progress following treatment can be made by considering sociodemographic features, psychopathological state and personality traits. These results could be useful in developing more efficient intervention programs for GD patients.

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