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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

Gambling and interpersonal violence

Gambling and interpersonal violence

Gambling is a popular pastime. Whilst gambling does not result in problematic behaviour in the majority of individuals, a significant and appreciable number go on to experience serious social, financial, legal and emotional problems. These problems and interpersonal harms can have large effects on families, and studies have documented associations with problematic or disordered gambling and relationship difficulties including marital dissatisfaction, reduced family stability, the worsening of intimate relationships and also family dysfunction. Some of these dysfunctional relationships evolve into violence, and there is growing evidence to show that problem gambling is a specific risk factor for family and intimate partner violence.  This presentation will document analysis that was carried out to investigate the relationship between gambling problems and violence in a nationally representative sample in the United Kingdom.  The findings highlight the need for addiction treatment services and other clinicians to undertake routine screening for alcohol, gambling, and violence, and to tailor treatment to clients who present with such issues. This webinar is intended for mental health and addictions service providers.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss how gambling and interpersonal violence are related
  2. Discuss if mental disorders, impulsivity and alcohol/drug use account for some of the variance across a spectrum of gambling problems
  3. Identify some treatment options for this population

Accreditation: Applications for accreditation have been submitted to the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and to the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0  Continuing Education Unit.

Presenter bio:

Amanda Roberts, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, with a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from Cardiff University and previous research and lectureship positions at UK academic institutions including Kings College London, The Institute of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University London, The Wolfson Institute, and UEL. She has numerous multidisciplinary national and international collaborations including an honorary research contract at the National Problem Gambling Clinic and a Research Fellowship at the Gambling Addictions Research Centre, AUT, NZ.  Amanda's research interests include the evaluation of gambling addiction treatment programs both in the community and in UK prisons, and additional interests extend across topics that relate to gambling comorbidity, gambling in vulnerable populations, homelessness, women and gambling, and gambling and interpersonal violence.

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