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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274

Abstract

MONTESINOS, Rosa; LLORET, Daniel; SEGURA, José Vicente  and  ARACIL, Alfredo. Perceived social support in pathological gamblers and treatment effectiveness. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.1, pp.15-22. ISSN 2174-0550.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clysa.2015.12.001.

Pathological gambling affects 0.4-1.5 percent of the global population. Therapy has proved effective, even though low therapeutic compliance and frequent withdrawals weakens good treatment results. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the relationship between social support, therapeutic adherence, and gambling cessation. Four aspects of social support were measured: cohabitation, patient's companion, commitment, and intervention with patient's companion, in a sample of 68 pathological gamblers. Results show a non-significant trend for social support and treatment compliance to be associated to treatment success. Seventy-six percent of high social support patients kept the treatment up to the end vis-à-vis 42.1% of low social support patients. Therapeutic success shows a significant relationship to a stable couple relationship. Individuals who had stable couple relationship were twice likely to finish treatment successfully. Results suggest that social support should be considered as a critical variable in pathological gambling treatment.

Keywords : Pathological gambling; Social support; Treatment; Effectiveness.

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