Assessing the Quality and Effectiveness of the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program
As part of ongoing quality assurance system monitoring of the California Gambling Education and Treatment Services Program (CalGETS), UGSP participates in the analyses of the design, implementation, and effectiveness of the services offered. The source of quantitative data for this project will be the CalGETS data management system. Data is also being collected from the CalGETS providers regarding their beliefs about treatment, clients, and the recovery process. Funded by the Office of Problem Gambling, California Alcohol and Drug Program.
Early Dropout from Outpatient Psychological Treatment for Gambling Problems
Dropout from psychological treatment for gambling problems is common, yet poorly understood. A review (Melville, Casey, & Kavanagh, 2007) concludes that the existing literature in this area uses inconsistent definitions of dropout, lacks a coherent, gambling-specific conceptual model, and provides limited evidence for specific variables related to dropout. Using a large data set from the California Gambling Education and Treatment System (CalGETS), the Early Dropout from Gambling Treatment study examines the relationship between treatment retention and variables from a number of domains. Specifically, we examine socio-demographics, depression levels, gambling severity, gambling behavior, and provider expectations in relation to the number of treatment sessions completed.
Casino Bus Patrons Study
In collaboration with the California Office on Problem Gambling, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA), this project seeks to understand 1) what motivates patrons to take casino buses; 2) the prevalence of problem gambling among the casino bus patrons; and 3) whether this population is more at-risk of problem gambling compared to the general population. The study results will be used to inform problem gambling outreach and marketing efforts within the communities that most frequently utilize casino buses.
Self-Exclusion Pilot Study for Problem Gamblers
Self-exclusion is a procedure allowing people who have developed a gambling problem to create external controls to help them be more responsible in their gambling practices. There is a paucity of research examining the effectiveness of self-exclusion and UCLA Gambling Studies Program is currently investigating specific aspects of these programs in California such as the process of enrollment, where a gambler may self-exclude (centralized or localized and whether it’s at a gambling facility or other place), the appropriate lengths of time, the scope of self-exclusion (whether it applies to one gaming facility or state-wide), enforcement for violations, and how names are added or removed from a list. We seek further to understand the characteristics of gambling patrons who chose to self-exclude such as demographic variables, gambling behaviors, level of gambling severity, type of gambler, consequences, etc…What motivates a gambler to self-exclude? How did they hear about self-exclusion? How did the gambler experience the self-exclusion process? Were they satisfied, embarrassed, was it helpful? Overall, we want to develop a more comprehensive understanding about whether self-exclusion is helpful?