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Gambling Behaviors Among Oxford House Residents: A Preliminary Investigation

Harry S. Truman College, Department of Social Sciences, Chicago, IL.
Journal of Social Service Research (Impact Factor: 0.44). 07/2011; 37(4):422-427. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2011.578037
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ABSTRACT

The present study investigated the prevalence of gambling behaviors among 71 individuals recovering from substance-dependent disorders and living in self-run recovery homes (Oxford Houses). Residents were given the South Oaks Gambling Screen to assess gambling behaviors and pathological gambling, and 19.7% of the sample was identified as having probable pathological gambling. These residents reported proportionately more involvement in a variety of gambling behaviors than other residents. Engagement in various gambling activities was consistent with previous investigations and suggested that self-run recovery homes such as Oxford Houses might be suitable referral sources for recovering persons who have comorbid gambling problems.

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