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Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy for Gamblers

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00069420
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 25, 2003
Last Update Posted : January 1, 2014
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Edelgard Wulfert, University at Albany

Brief Summary:
This study will evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive motivational behavior therapy (CMBT) in treating pathological gamblers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gambling Behavioral: Cognitive Motivational Behavior Therapy Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Pathological gambling is developing into a serious public health problem. The rise in gambling problems has stimulated treatment studies, but little progress has been made. A particular concern is the high dropout rates from treatment studies; gamblers often seek treatment, but fail to complete it and relapse. This study will test the effectiveness of CMBT in helping to increase retention rates in gambling treatment studies.

The first step in this study is designed to enhance gamblers' readiness for change. When participants are committed to change, CMBT will then address specific cognitive biases regarding the notion of randomness, which is thought to lie at the heart of gambling problems. Behavioral components will also be used to enhance gamblers' coping skills.

The participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either CMBT or a Gambler's Anonymous control group. Participants will be assessed prior to and after treatment and at 3- and 6-month follow-up visits. Interviews and questionnaires will be used to assess participants.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive-Motivational Behavior Therapy for Gamblers
Study Start Date : September 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling
  • Eighth grade reading ability
  • Reside in the Albany, NY area

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of serious psychopathology, including psychosis, bipolar disorder, or alcohol or other substance dependence

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00069420


Locations
United States, New York
University at Albany - SUNY
Albany, New York, United States, 12222
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Albany
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Responsible Party: Edelgard Wulfert, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University at Albany
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00069420     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH064568 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
DSIR AT-AS
First Posted: September 25, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 1, 2014
Last Verified: December 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gambling
Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
Mental Disorders