Gambling: Cultural Attitudes, Motivations and Impact on Quality of Life

Giovanni Martinotti, MD, PhD (Editor)
Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Henrietta Bowden-Jones (Editor)
National Problem Gambling Clinic, Imperial College, Division of Brain Sciences, London, UK

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: PSY038000

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Gambling Disorder, or pathological gambling, is a psychiatric condition characterized by persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behaviour. Previously considered among impulse control disorders, the new DSM-5 considers Gambling Disorder as a behavioural addiction, sharing neurobiological and clinical similarities with substance-use disorders. However, although Gambling Disorder is a medical illness and as such can be treated, it is crucial to gain a wider perspective on the theme, taking into account all the cultural attitudes, motivations behind its diffusion and relative consequences on the quality of life. But why gamble?

Among the wide variety of the material and symbolic functions of gambling, there are the desires for relaxation, excitement, socialization, challenge, and an aesthetic quest. Gambling can also be perceived as an escape from difficult situations. Generally, however, the hope for significant gains to improve the economic situation constitutes the leading motivation. In some cases trying to gamble may represent a tentative to establish a relation with something that is transcendent. In this book the proposed perspectives differ from that of schoolchildren and adolescents to females and indigenous populations. There is an emphasis on important issues as the psychopathological assessment, the availability of treatments and rehabilitation options, the presence of specific temperament and character traits, and other possible consequences of gambling directly depending on the poor quality of life, such as the suicide risk.

(Imprint: Nova)

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Introduction

Chapter 1 - The Impact of Temperament and Character on Motivation to Gamble across the Cultures (pp. 1-28)
Mauro Pettorruso, Maria Luisa Carenti, Daniela Tedeschi, Giovanni Martinotti, Gianluigi Conte and Luigi Janiri (Department of Neuroscience, Catholic University of Rome, Italy)

Chapter 2 - Gambling Motivations of Indigenous Australians (pp. 29-58)
Nerilee Hing, Helen Breen, Ashley Gordon and Alex Russell (Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia)

Chapter 3 - Migrant Women‘s Gambling in Finland: Intersections of Culture, Attitudes and Contestations (pp. 59-88)
Perpetual Crentsil (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Chapter 4 - Consequences of Commercial Gambling for Indigenous Communities in New South Wales, Australia (pp. 89-108)
Nerilee Hing, Helen Breen and Ashley Gordon (Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia)

Chapter 5 - The Multidimensional Diagnostic Assessment in Gambling Disorder (pp. 109-122)
Silvia Ronzitti, Anna Paola Perin, Giulia Gamba, Martina Tremolada, Gianluigi Tomaselli, Francesco Bartoli, Giuseppe Carrà and Massimo Clerici (Department of Surgery and Tranlational Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy)

Chapter 6 - The Role of Outcome Expectancies and Adolescent Gambling (pp. 123-146)
Holly A. Keating, James P. Whelan, Meredith K. Ginley and Andrew W. Meyers (The Institute of Gambling Education and Research, the University of Memphis, TN, US)

Chapter 7 - Gambling and Suicide: The Socio-Anthropological Perspective (pp. 147-172)
Federica Fiori, Mariangela Corbo, Fabiola Sarchione, Giovanni Martinotti and Massimo di Giannantonio (Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)

Chapter 8 - Therapy and Rehabilitation in Gambling Disorder: Possibilities and Limits (pp. 173-194)
Silvia Ronzitti, Martina Tremolada, Giulia Gamba, Anna Paola Perin, Gianluigi Tomaselli, Francesco Bartoli, Giuseppe Carrà and Massimo Clerici (Department of Surgery and Tranlational Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy)

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