Problem gambling treatment trial

About the study

A trial of problem gambling treatments was a collaborative project between Monash and Melbourne Universities.

Funded by the foundation, the randomised controlled trial aimed to explore the initial and ongoing effectiveness of psychological treatments for people with gambling problems.

Researchers investigated whether different types of people respond better to different forms of treatment.

The $2.1 million study began in 2010 and is now complete.

Over 250 people participated in the main study, with a smaller subgroup undertaking in-depth interviews to examine individual experiences of treatment.

Four treatments were trialed:

  • behavioural therapy
  • cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • motivational interviewing
  • client centred therapy.

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