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The British Journal of Psychiatry
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 195  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 266 - 267

Imaginal desensitisation plus motivational interviewing for pathological gambling: randomised controlled trial

J. E Grant, C. B Donahue, B. L Odlaug, S. W Kim, M. J Miller and N. M. Petry    


Sixty-eight individuals were randomised to either six sessions of imaginal desensitisation plus motivational interviewing (IDMI) or Gamblers Anonymous. Individuals assigned to IDMI had significantly greater reductions in Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Pathological Gambling total scores, gambling urges and gambling behaviour. People who failed to respond to Gamblers Anonymous reported significantly greater reduction in pathological gambling symptoms following later assignment to IDMI. Abstinence was achieved by 63.6% during the acute IDMI treatment period.

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