Title: Issue 7, December 2002
Volume: 7
Author: Editorial Team
File: Editorial
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.5


Title: Appendices to Understanding the school culture
Volume: 7
Author: Editorial Team
File: Appendices-to-Understanding-the-school-culture
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.10
Title: Gambling by college athletes: An association between problem gambling and athletes
Volume: 7
Authors: Don L. Rockey, Kim R. Beason, & James D. Gilbert
Abstract: This investigation compares the prevalence rates of pathological and problem gambling between college athletes and non-athletes. Participants in the study included 954 students enrolled in health and safety classes from nine universities belonging to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Of these students, 129 (14%) were classified as athletes. The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), designed to measure pathological gambling, was used as the testing instrument. Participants were asked additional questions to determine athletic participation and to gather demographic information. Cross tabulations, Pearson chi-square tests and Cramer’s V tests were used to determine if there were significant associations between groups. On the whole, significant associations were not found between athletes and non-athletes and pathological and problem gambling; however, a statistically significant association was found between problem gambling and female athletes. The prevalence rates of pathological and problem gambling among athletes were 6.2% and 6.2%, while the prevalence rates among non- athletes were 3.4% and 3.3%.
File: Don-L.-Rockey-Kim-R.-Beason-James-D.-Gilbert
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.11

First-person account

Title: Arnie Wexler’s story: I am a recovering compulsive gambler who placed my last bet April 10, 1968.
Volume: 7
Author: Arnie Wexler
File: Arnie-Wexler
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.3

Video Reviews

Title: Video Reviews
Volume: 7
Authors: David C. Hodgins, Erin Cassidy, Alice Holub, Maria Lizak, Chrystal L. Mansley, Adriana Sorbo, Steve Skitc, & Kylie Thygesen
File: David-C.-Hodgins et al.
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.15

Book Review

Title: The Habit Change Workbook: How to Break Bad Habits and Form Good Ones
Volume: 7
Author: Mark Griffiths
File: Mark-Griffiths
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.14


Title: Lotteries and the Problem Gambling Community: Myths and Countermyths
Volume: 7
Author: Don Feeney
File: Don-Feeney
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.7

Service Profile

Title: A multilingual gambling information Web site
Volume: 7
Author: Norma Medulun
File: Norma-Medulun
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.9

Website Review

Title: Winning Web sites: Researching gambling on the Internet
Volume: 7
Author: Rhys Stevens
File: Rhys-Stevens
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.16

Clinical Report

Title: Online help for problem gambling: Why it is and is not being considered
Volume: 7
Authors: Gerry Cooper & Guy Doucet
Abstract: Despite an increasing prevalence of gambling problems, evidence suggests that most people do not receive help for their problems. The issue of stigma has been cited as a contributing factor.
Technological advances have now made it possible for individuals who are concerned about stigma to seek help for their problems without making any personal disclosures. In this way, the inherent advantages of the Internet (privacy, convenience, safety and portability) help to ensure that assistance for problem gamblers is always available and that concerns about stigma are neutralized.
Unfortunately, many who might benefit from Internet-based help are unaware of these possibilities, and treatment specialists and other health-care professionals may not direct problem gamblers to these services.

This paper considers:
1. 1. What is available to problem gamblers through the Internet?
2. 2. What is known about the efficacy of such services?, and
3. 3. Possible reasons why problem gamblers have not been referred to the Internet by point-of-entry
personnel. Implications for future action will be discussed
File: Gerry-Cooper-Guy-Doucet
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.1


Title: Treating the Person with a Gambling Problem
Volume: 7
Authors: Insoo Kim Berg & John R. Briggs
Abstract: This short article presents compelling reasons for the treatment of problematic gambling from a solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) perspective. It reviews a set of techniques designed for use by practitioners and clients who face this problem and its serious emotional, social and financial consequences. Although SFBT has theoretical and philosophical foundations, the focus of this article is the “how-to” aspect of importance to both clinicians and clients. SFBT lends itself well to self- help models and group therapy settings, since clients can benefit from asking similar questions of themselves or of one another in group settings.
File: Insoo-Kim-Berg-John-R.-Briggs
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.2

Book Review

Title: Best Possible Odds: Contemporary Treatment Strategies for Gambling Disorders
Volume: 7
Author: Jeffrey I. Kassinove
File: Jeffrey-I.-Kassinove
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.13

Research Methods

Title: Understanding the school culture: Guidelines for conducting gambling research in secondary schools
Volume: 7
Authors: Jennifer L. Mcphee & Robert S. Canham
Abstract: This article provides an overview of the importance of youth gambling research, the methodological issues faced when conducting research in secondary schools, and recommendations for conducting effective youth gambling research that benefits academia, the community, staff, students and parents within the school systems. Based on our recent experience, we advocate a research approach that integrates the findings of youth gambling research into school curriculum, community youth agencies and the development, evaluation and enhancement of program and policy interventions. By doing so, we find that we are able to foster strong, respectful relationships with the community and encourage collaboration, co-operation and multidisciplinary alliances. If researchers follow these guidelines, they can ensure that youth gambling research goes beyond scholarly publishing and is transferred and applied within the community to reduce youth gambling problems.
File: Jennifer-L.-McPhee-Robert-S.-Canham
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.12


Title: Are lottery scratchcards a “hard” form of gambling?
Volume: 7
Author: Mark Griffiths
Abstract: This article argues that scratchcards are not an extension of the online U.K. National Lottery but an entirely different form of gambling, with its own implications for future gambling policy. It also argues that scratchcards are potentially addictive and should be considered a “hard” form of gambling. The author suggests that
scratchcard gambling could become a repetitive habit for some people because of their integrated mix of conditioning effects, rapid event frequency, short payout intervals and psychological rewards coupled with the fact that scratchcards require no skill and are highly accessible, deceptively inexpensive and available in “respectable” outlets.

On March 21, 1995, Camelot — the consortium that runs the U.K. National Lottery online — introduced scratchcards. Like the online game, 28% of ticket sales contribute towards “good causes” distributed by the National Lotteries Charities Board. Although scratchcards are not new to the United Kingdom, many people view them as intricately linked with the National Lottery. Camelot’s scratchcards were the first to benefit from both heavy advertising (television, national newspapers, billboards, etc.) and large jackpots (e.g., £50,000), which meant they became successful very quickly.
File: Mark-Griffiths
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2002.7.8