Title: Comorbid physical and mental illnesses among pathological gamblers: Results from a population based study in Singapore
year: 2015
Journal: Psychiatry Res
Volume: 227
Issue: 03/02/2016
Pages: 198-205
Epubdate: 29/04/2015
date: 01/06/1930
Alternate Journal: Psychiatry research
ISSN: 0165-1781
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.03.033
Accession Number: 25912429
Abstract: The aim of the current study was to examine the comorbidity of pathological gambling with other mental and physical disorders as well as to examine health related quality of life perceived by those with pathological gambling using data from a community survey in Singapore. All respondents were administered the South Oaks Gambling Screen to screen for pathological gambling. The diagnosis of mental disorders was established using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview; while chronic physical conditions were established using a checklist. The weighted lifetime prevalence of pathological gambling was 2.7%. After multiple logistic regression, age 18-34 years (OR=5.3, 95% CI=1.6-17.4), male gender (OR=7.8, CI=3.8-16.2), widowhood (OR=4.2, 95% CI=1.02-17.5), and those with pre-primary (OR=17.1, CI=4.9-59.1), primary (OR=5.3, CI=1.7-16.6), and secondary education (OR=6, CI=2.5-14.7) had significantly higher odds of having pathological gambling. Those of Malay (OR=0.1, 95% CI=0.07-0.2) and Indian ethnicity (OR=0.2, 95% CI=0.1-0.3) had significantly lower odds of having pathological gambling compared to those of Chinese ethnicity. Pathological gamblers had significantly higher odds of having comorbid mental and physical disorders than non-gamblers/non-problem gamblers. The significant association of comorbid mental and physical disorders among those with pathological gambling indicates a need to screen for these disorders and for their subsequent treatment.
Notes: 1872-7123
Psychiatry Res. 2015 Jun 30
227(2-3):198-205. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.03.033. Epub 2015 Apr 3.
URL: http://www.psy-journal.com/article/S0165-1781(15)00166-3/abstract
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/4826
Authors Address: Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. Electronic address: mythily@imh.com.sg.
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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