Journal Information
Journal ID (publisher-id): jgi
ISSN: 1910-7595
Publisher: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Article Information
© 1999-2003 The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Publication date: October 2003
Publisher Id: jgi.2003.9.3
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2003.9.3

From the editor

Searching the Archive in the Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues: eGambling

This issue of the EJGI inaugurates a Google search engine within our Archive section. Now readers can use their own search terms to find current and back articles on topics of their choice. We thank Alan Tang, our Webmaster, for this capability. If you are familiar with such searches, you may wish to go right now to test it at Good searching.

Here's an example for beginners of what is possible. Let's say that I was at a conference and heard of a valuable presentation by a researcher named Rina who spoke about her programme with youth who gamble. I want to learn more about her research and I wonder if she has been published in the EJGI. Can I find her even though I don't know her last name?

To check this possibility, I go to the Archive and scroll down past the list of back issues to the Google search engine. In the dialogue box (“Type in words to search”), I key in the two words: “youth” “Rina” (but without quotation marks) with no other terms and then click on Search. In all, 31 references for Rina Gupta (co-director of the Youth Gambling Institute, Montreal, Canada) appear, from the Feature article that she co-authored to her name on the list of peer reviewers, all in both HTML and PDF versions.

For technical help in searching, readers can click on the underlined link “Help with Searching” (or here at for a list of topics and how-to notes, from simple to more complex.

Another option allows readers to search the archives of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for information that may be related or unrelated to gambling.

We hope that you will treat the EJGI Archive as a growing resource for your gambling information needs.

In this issue

Our feature article (“Meta-analysis: A 12-step program” by David Streiner) has the goal of making meta-analyses more understandable. With more meta-analyses appearing that assess the effectiveness of different clinical approaches, it seems important to understand what underlies a meta-analysis, that may, for example, rank highly the effectiveness of a treatment option that you may not think well of. It is written both for those disinterested in statistics and those who wish to understand their role in this approach.

The research articles in this issue include the topics of over-reporting wins (“Why do gamblers over report wins: An examination of social factors” by John Jamieson, Chris Mushquash and Dwight Mazmanian), relapse from recovery (“Quitting again: Motivations and strategies for terminating gambling relapses” by Kylie L. Thygesen and David C. Hodgins) and Gamblers Anonymous (“Gamblers Anonymous: A review of the literature” by Peter Ferentzy and Wayne Skinner). We also invite you to read our opinion articles and book reviews.

Phil Lange, editor

The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues: eGambling

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this journal do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Statement of purpose

The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues: eGambling (EJGI) offers an Internet-based forum for developments in gambling-related research, policy and treatment as well as personal accounts about gambling and gambling behaviour. Through publishing peer-reviewed articles about gambling as a social phenomenon and the prevention and treatment of gambling problems, it is our aim is to help make sense of how gambling affects us all.

The EJGI is published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is fully funded by the Ontario Substance Abuse Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We welcome manuscripts submitted by researchers and clinicians, people involved in gambling as players, and family and friends of gamblers.

EditorPhil Lange

Editorial Board

Nina Littman-Sharp, Robert Murray, Wayne Skinner, Tony Toneatto and Nigel E. Turner,Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Peter Adams,Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioural Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Alex Blaszczynski, Impulse Control Research Clinic, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Linda Chamberlain,Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

Gerry Cooper,Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Jeff Derevensky, Youth Gambling Research & Treatment Clinic, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

William Eadington,Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.

Pat Erickson,Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jackie Ferris,Ferris Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

G. Ron Frisch,Problem Gambling Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Richard Govoni,Problem Gambling Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Mark Griffiths, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, U.K.

Rina Gupta,Youth Gambling Research & Treatment Clinic, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

David C. Hodgins,Addiction Centre, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Roger Horbay, Game Planit Interactive Corp., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Alun C. Jackson, School of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia

Durand Jacobs, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California, U.S.A.

Jeffrey Kassinove, Department of Psychology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.A.

David Korn,Dept. of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Igor Kusyszyn,Dept. of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert Ladouceur, École de Psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

Samuel Law,Baffin Regional Hospital, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Henry Lesieur,Department of Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Vanessa López-Viets,Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Ray MacNeil,Nova Scotia Department of Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Virginia McGowan, Addictions Counselling Program, The University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

María Prieto, Dept. of Psychological Intervention, University P. Comillas, Madrid, Spain

Gerda Reith, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Robin Room, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Lisa Root, The Niagara Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Loreen Rugle, Clinical and Research Services, Trimeridian, Inc., Carmel, Indiana, U.S.A.

Randy Stinchfield,University of Minnesota Medical School, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

David Streiner, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

William Thompson, Department of Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Lisa Vig,Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.A.

Rachel Volberg, Gemini Research, Ltd., Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Keith Whyte, National Council on Problem Gambling, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Jamie Wiebe, Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Harold Wynne, Wynne Resources Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Martin Zack, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Design Staff

Graphic Designer:Mara Korkola,Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

HTML Markup & Programming:Alan Tang,Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Kelly Lamorie and Megan MacDonald,double space Editorial Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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