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Gambling and Early Maladaptive Schemas in a Treatment-seeking Sample of Male Alcohol Users: A Preliminary Investigation

Shorey, Ryan C. MA; Anderson, Scott PhD; Stuart, Gregory L. PhD

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: December 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 173–182
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0b013e31823eda8f
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Gambling problems are overrepresented among men seeking treatment for substance use problems, including alcohol dependence. Early maladaptive schemas are overrepresented among substance users, although no known study has examined the early maladaptive schemas of men with potential gambling problems. This study examined the relations among potential gambling problems and early maladaptive schemas among a sample of alcohol-dependent men seeking treatment at a residential substance use facility (N=628). Using preexisting patient records of self-report measures for early maladaptive schemas and potential gambling problems, results showed that a number of early maladaptive schemas were associated with gambling. Men with potential gambling problems scored significantly higher than nonproblem gamblers on a number of early maladaptive schemas. These results suggest that early maladaptive schemas may be an important underlying characteristic for gambling problems, and that substance use treatment programs should consider screening for and targeting gambling problems and early maladaptive schemas.

*Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cornerstone of Recovery, Louisville, TN

This work was supported, in part, by grant K24AA019707 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded to the last author. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIAAA or the National Institutes of Health.

This work was supported, in part, by grant K24AA019707 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded to the last author. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIAAA or the National Institutes of Health.The authors declare no conflict of interest.Due to the large correlation matrix associated with 18 early maladaptive schemas and because all of the intercorrelations were statistically significant, these results are not presented. All correlations are available from the first author on request.

Reprints: Ryan C. Shorey, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, 1404 Circle, Dr Austin Peay Building, 311, Knoxville, TN 37996 (e-mail: rshorey@utk.edu).

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