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Lucy Rivera

2003 Research

Abstract: A Mind Altering Addiction: What Inspired Women to Stop Gambling
Mentor: Dr. Diane Rae Davis, Social Work

This project analyzes the responses of women with serious gambling problems to an online-survey in which they answered a series of questions about the reasons they gambled and the reasons why they chose to stop. Problem and pathological gambling is often easy to conceal, because it is an addiction that others can't smell, see or taste, even thought the addiction often has disastrous impacts. Problem gamblers are defined as persons who may involve themselves in illegal acts and who continue to gamble regardless of the tremendous consequences, while pathological gamblers show a loss of control over gambling, progression in occurrence or amounts of money wagered, and obsession with gambling or getting gabling money. Women who fit the characteristics of both categories participated in the survey. There were 252 women participate in the study. Their responses showed that the top five reasons these women quit gabling were: money issues, relationships, psychological distress, a suicide attempt, or they realized they needed to stop. This paper also supports the need for future research to be conducted on the treatment needs of women gamblers.


13th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/5-7/2004

8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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