Quitting again: Motivations and strategies for terminating gambling relapses

Authors

  • Kylie L. Thygesen Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, E-mail: <email xlink:href="mailto:klthyges@ucalgary.ca">klthyges@ucalgary.ca</email>
  • David C. Hodgins Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2003.9.11

Keywords:

gambling, relapse, processes of change, reasons for termination

Abstract

This study provides a descriptive exploration of the reason(s) why individuals who experienced a gambling relapse terminated the relapse episode and how they did so. Thirty-eight males and 22 females were administered the Relapse Experience Interview (Marlatt & Gordon, 1989). Participants (N = 60) cited a mean of 1.5 reasons for terminating relapse, with monetary factors, affective factors, reappraisal and external constraints emerging as central factors in relapse termination. Participants reported using a mean of 1.7 strategies for stopping a gambling episode. The strategies used were identified as either cognitive or behavioural and were classified according to the processes of change model (Prochaska, DiClemente & Norcross, 1992). Stimulus control, self-liberation, counterconditioning and helping relationships were the main strategies used to terminate gambling relapse. Participants showed a preference for using either cognitive or behavioural strategies rather than both.

Downloads

Published

2003-10-01

Issue

Section

Original Article

Most read articles by the same author(s)