The interplay between chasing behavior, time perspective, and gambling severity: an experimental study

Ciccarelli, M., Cosenza, M., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, D’Olimpio, F. and Nigro, G., 2019. The interplay between chasing behavior, time perspective, and gambling severity: an experimental study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, pp. 1-9. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

Background and aims: Chasing refers to continued gambling in an attempt to recoup previous losses and is one of the diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder. However, research on the topic is still in its infancy. This study investigated whether chasing behavior mediates the relationship between time perspective and gambling severity.

Methods: Non-problem gamblers (N = 26) and problem gamblers (N = 66) with the same demographic features (age and gender) were compared on the Consideration of Future Consequences and a computerized task assessing chasing. The Italian South Oaks Gambling Screen was used to discriminate participants in terms of gambling severity.

Results: Significant correlations were found relating to gambling severity, chasing, and time perspective. More specifically, the results showed that problem gamblers reported more chasing and a foreshortened time horizon. Chasers, compared to non-chasers, were found to be more oriented to the present. Regression analysis showed that male gender, present-oriented time perspective, and chasing were good predictors of gambling severity. Finally, to clarify if present orientation was on the path from chasing to gambling severity or if chasing was the mediator of the impact of present orientation on gambling severity, a path analysis was performed. The results indicated that present orientation had a direct effect on gambling severity and mediated the relationship between chasing and gambling involvement.

Conclusion: The findings support the exacerbating role of chasing in gambling disorder and for the first time show the relationship of time perspective, chasing, and gambling severity among adults.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Ciccarelli, M., Cosenza, M., Griffiths, M.D., D’Olimpio, F. and Nigro, G.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: 7 June 2019
ISSN: 2062-5871
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10.1556/2006.8.2019.29DOI
Rights: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Jun 2019 10:18
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 10:19
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36723

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