Mindfulness as a treatment for gambling disorder: current directions and issues

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Shonin, E. and Van Gordon, W., 2016. Mindfulness as a treatment for gambling disorder: current directions and issues. Journal of Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research, 1 (1), pp. 47-52. ISSN 2414-8989

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Abstract

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that derives from Buddhist practice and is one of the fastest growing areas of psychological research. Studies investigating the role of mindfulness in the treatment of behavioural addictions have, to date, primarily focused on gambling disorder. Recent pilot studies and clinical case studies have demonstrated that weekly mindfulness therapy sessions can lead to clinically significant change among individuals with gambling problems. This purpose of this paper is to appraise current directions in gambling disorder research as it relates to mindfulness approaches, and discuss issues that are likely to hinder the wider acceptance of mindfulness as a treatment for gambling disorder. It is concluded that although preliminary findings indicate that there are applications for mindfulness approaches in the treatment of gambling disorder, further empirical and clinical research utilizing larger-sample controlled study designs is clearly needed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research
Creators: Griffiths, M.D., Shonin, E. and Van Gordon, W.
Publisher: Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS)
Date: 2016
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2414-8989
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.17536/jgcgr.2016.004DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:55
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25867

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