Difficulties in emotion regulation, coping, and dysfunctional psychological symptoms in family members of people with gambling disorder

Estevez, A., Jauregui, P., Lopez, N., Lopez-Gonzalez, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-1249-2623 and Griffiths, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. Difficulties in emotion regulation, coping, and dysfunctional psychological symptoms in family members of people with gambling disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Gambling disorder not only affects those who suffer from it, but also has consequences for their families. Considering such repercussions are often understudied, and the aim of the present study was to evaluate the main differences between family members of people with gambling disorder (GDFMs), and those with no relatives diagnosed with gambling disorder (non-GDFMs). The variables examined in the present study included emotion regulation, coping strategies, depression, and anxiety. The sample (N=203) was divided into two groups. This comprised a clinical group (n=89 participants, 43.8% of the sample), with 69.7% of women (Mage=48.63, SD=13.36), and a community sample (i.e., no gambling-related problems in their family; n=114, representing 56.2% of the sample), containing 64% of women (Mage=35.89, SD=11.45). Results showed that GDFMs scored significantly higher than non-GDFMs (i) on anxiety and depression scales, (ii) on difficulties in emotion regulation, and (iii) on maladaptive coping strategies. Additionally, difficulties in emotion regulation and coping strategies correlated with anxiety and depression. Regression analyses showed that difficulties in emotion regulation and coping strategies predicted anxiety and depression for GDFMs. These findings highlight the importance of including family members as part of the target group in gambling disorder treatment protocols.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Estevez, A., Jauregui, P., Lopez, N., Lopez-Gonzalez, H. and Griffiths, M.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 23 July 2019
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-019-00117-xDOI
117Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 30 Jul 2019 13:07
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 13:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37161

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