Gambling Behavior Among Hispanics in Los Angeles County
This study uses data from the California Problem Gambling Prevalence Survey to present a descriptive analysis of gambling behavior among Hispanics in California. Domains of interest will include lifetime and past year gambling behavior, co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders, attitudes towards professional treatment for gambling problems, and level of acculturation to the United States.
Longitudinal Study at Beit T’shuvah
There are significant links between substance abuse and problem gambling. This study is following the effects of treatment at a Jewish inpatient treatment center in Los Angeles. Participants respond to questionnaires on depression, impulsivity, readiness to change, and spirituatility, as well as others. Also, neurocognitive computer tests are being conducted to ascertain improvements to frontal lobe functioning. This study receives departmental funding
Betting On Our Future
With the support of the Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), Friday Night Live Partnership, and Youth Leadership Institute, several counties in California will be creating and presenting youth-led video and dramatic performances on problem gambling. UGSP will be evaluating the effectiveness of these presentations in raising awareness about the potential risks and existing resources associated with youth gambling/problem gambling.Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
The Impact of Gambling on Los Angeles Asian Communities
In collaboration with the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, this project documented the impact of gambling on Asian communities in Los Angeles. Specific objectives were: 1) to determine the impact of gambling on Asian communities in Los Angeles with an emphasis on documenting its effects on children, youth and families; 2) to characterize differences in gambling patterns which will identify Asian communities who are at-risk to develop gambling problems; and 3) to raise awareness about problem gambling within Los Angeles Asian communities. Funded by a grant from the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships
Final Report for Technical Assistance Project: The Impact of Gambling on Asian Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles
With the support of California’s Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), this project examined the impact of problem gambling on Asian Pacific Islanders (API) who live in Los Angeles. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, State of California Alcohol and Drug Program
Neuropsychological Performance, Impulsivity and Pathological Gambling
This study compared performance of pathological gamblers versus healthy controls on measures of attention, planning and concentration. Results from this study have been submitted for publication. Funded by the Program for Minority Research and Training in Psychiatry
Pre-Pulse Inhibition of Acoustic Startle as a Measure of Behaviorally Induced Changes in Bioactivity of Pathological Gamblers
The purpose of this research was to measure how pathological gamblers and non-gamblers differ in their response to noises in the environment (also known as sensory perception). Funded by the Program for Minority Research and Training in Psychiatry
Characterizing the Effect of Context on a Measure of Impulsivity Among Pathological Gamblers
The study sought to understand how the environment affects decision making, particularly within aspects of impulsivity. Pathological gamblers and non-gamblers were administered a behavioral task at UGSP and in a casino setting. Funded by the Program for Minority Research and Training in Psychiatry
Nalmefene in the Treatment of Pathological Gambling: A Placebo Controlled Dose-Response Study
UGSP participated in this 16-week, randomized, dose-ranging, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-site clinical trial to determine if the opioid antagonist Nalmefene is safe and effective in the treatment of pathological gambling. Funded by Biotie Ltd.
Topiramate in the Treatment of Pathological Gambling: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled and Flexible-Dose Study
UGSP served as one of the investigators in this 14-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial, testing the safety and effectiveness of Topiramate in the treatment of pathological gambling. Funded by Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals
Ecopipam Treatment of Pathological Gambling
This multi-site clinical trial examined the effectiveness and safety of a medication called Ecopipiam in the treatment of pathological gambling. The purpose of this study was to determine if Ecopipam reduced the intensity of the urges and cravings to gamble in pathological gamblers.
How Transparent is Psychosocial Gambling Intervention Research?
A systematic review of the existing literature on gambling interventions was conducted, with the purpose of evaluating the transparency, or clarity, of reporting. Transparent reporting is an important prerequisite for determining if enough evidence is available to support the effectiveness of specific programs or treatments. The study found that many of the important reporting criteria was not rigorously met in published studies of gambling interventions, a shortcoming that may prevent clinicians and policy-makers from adequately interpreting, evaluating, and translating these interventions into the clinical setting.
Understanding and Evaluating the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Regarding Problem Gambling in the Iranian-American Community
This case study explored gambling pathology, behaviors, attitudes, and motives among Iranian-Americans using a convenience sample of 182 Iranians living in Southern California.
Sleep Disturbances and Disordered Gamblers: An Analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication
This study investigated the relationship between sleep disturbances and gambling behavior using data from the National Comorbidity Survey—Replication (NCS-R). Three specific sleep complaints (difficulty initiating sleep [DIS], difficulty maintaining sleep [DMS], and early morning awakening [EMA]) were examined in relation to gambling behavior. Given the individual and societal ramifications linked with the presence of sleep problems, this study presents another health-related repercussion associated with gambling pathology rarely discussed in the literature.
Investigating Mindfulness in a Sample of Impulsive and Emotionally Dysregulated Individuals
This investigation is seeking to ascertain a feasibility study with two populations who exhibit impulsivity and emotional dysregulation. Pathological gamblers or hypersexual individuals are invited to participate in order to examine their amenability to this type of intervention as evidenced by a reduction in emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and stress proneness. This study receives departmental funding
A Problem Gambling Telephone Intervention Program for the Chinese Community
In partnership with the NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, this project was created to provide time-limited, telephone treatment to Chinese American adults in San Francisco. Participants received 8 sessions of telephone counseling by a licensed provider using the Chinese-translated version of the self-help workbook. The goal of this study was to capture gambling patterns and behaviors of Chinese Americans and encourage transition from telephone to outpatient treatment. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
Evaluation of the effectiveness of a telephone helpline for pathological gamblers
This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a brief telephone intervention with problem and pathological gamblers. The helpline is managed by the California Council on Problem Gambling. Results will assist the Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) in understanding whether problem gamblers benefit from brief interventions or require more intensive treatment. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
Efficacy of a Self-Help Manual with Pathological Gamblers
This project will test the efficacy of a self-help workbook in reducing problem gambling behaviors. Results from this study will assist the Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) in validating and creating cost-effective treatments that will be available to all California residents. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
Psychosocial Influences on Gambling and Problem Gambling among Korean American College Students: The Relationship of Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, Acculturative Stress and Coping to Problem Gambling
In collaboration with the Southern California Korean College Student Association (SCKCSA), this project examines gambling patterns with regard to acculturation, ethnic identity, acculturative stress, and coping styles among Korean-American college students in Southern California. The results of the study will provide an accurate and representative portrait of current gambling behaviors among Korean-American college students, which may inform prevention and treatment practices for ethnic minority college students. This study receives departmental funding
Brief Manualized Treatment for Romantic Partners of Problem Gamblers
Spouses and significant others of pathological gamblers are greatly impacted by their partners’ behavior. Because this area is relatively understudied, services for them are limited. The purpose of this project is to test the effectiveness of a treatment manual for helping significant others to learn how to cope with the distress caused by their partners’ gambling. Participants receive 6 free psychotherapy sessions with a UGSP staff psychologist. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
Impulsivity Among Pathological Gamblers: A Cross-Sectional Analysis on Tests of Impulsivity Between a Pathological Gambling Group and a Non-Pathological Gambling Group
Pathological gamblers demonstrate impulsive behavior, especially with regard to risky decision making and the inability to control urges. This project compares pathological gamblers and non-pathological gamblers recruited from the community on various cognitive and personality measures of impulsivity. The goal of this project is to identify the aspects of impulsivity that are strongly indicated in pathological gamblers in order to target their treatment needs. Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse
Establishing Best Treatment Practices for Pathological Gamblers
Evidence suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be greatly beneficial for pathological and problem gamblers. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the effectiveness of a CBT manual for treatment-seeking pathological gamblers. Participants received 6 free psychotherapy sessions with a UGSP staff psychologist. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program
Hispanic/Latino Gambling Focus Groups
Very few studies have examined gambling-related issues in the Hispanic/Latino community. Using a mixed-methods approach involving focus groups and a brief survey, this project seeks to gather information about gambling behavior, perceptions of those with gambling problems, and attitudes towards professional gambling treatment among Hispanics/Latinos residing Imperial County, CA. Imperial County is on the US/Mexico border and its population is primarily Hispanic/Latino. It also has one of the highest prevalence rates for problem/pathological gambling in the State. Data from this study will help to increase the understanding of gambling-related issues in California's Hispanic community.