Comparison between immigrant and Spanish nativeborn pathological gambling patients

Eva Penelo, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, José Manuel Menchón, Roser Granero, Neus Aymamí, Mònica Gómezpeña, Laura Moragas, Juan José Santamaría, Núria Custal, Susana Jiménez-Murcia

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The study compared clinical, psychopathological, and personality profiles between immigrants and Spanish native-born pathological gambling patients. A total of 1,601 native-born and 133 immigrant patients attending treatment at a specialized hospital unit were administered a battery of questionnaires during clinical assessment. Outcome measures were compared between both groups and the incremental predictive accuracy of the area of origin was examined using a regression model. Native-born Spaniards showed a mean 2.6 yr. greater duration of the disorder, while immigrants scored higher on South Oaks Gambling Screen, frequency of going to casinos, and total money spent (in a single day and/or to recover losses). General psychopathology and personality scores did not differ between the cohorts. However, immigration from Asia had a statistically significantly incremental validity for pathological gambling in South Oaks Gambling Screen scores. Both cohorts shared more similarities than differences in their gambling profiles. © Psychological Reports 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-570
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


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