The Severity of Gambling and Gambling Related Cognitions as Predictors of Emotional Regulation and Coping Strategies in Adolescents

Ana Estévez, Paula Jáuregui, Hibai Lopez-Gonzalez, Teresa Mena-Moreno, María Lozano-Madrid, Laura Macia, Roser Granero, Gemma Mestre-Bach, Trevor Steward, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Mónica Gómez-Peña, Laura Moragas, Amparo del Pino-Gutierrez, Ester Codina, Giulia Testa, Cristina Vintró-Alcaraz, Zaida Agüera, Lucero Munguía, Isabel Baenas, Eduardo Valenciano-MendozaBernat Mora, José M. Menchón, Susana Jiménez-Murcia*

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Abstract

People with gambling disorder (GD) exhibit distorted cognitions and superstitious beliefs more often than the general population. Similarly, difficulties in coping and emotion dysregulation are more prevalent among those with GD, and could determine the onset of GD in particularly vulnerable groups such as adolescents. This study examines the relationship between gambling severity and gambling-related cognitions with coping strategies and emotion regulation. Also, it explores how accurately gambling severity and gambling-related cognitions were able to predict emotion regulation and coping strategies. Two groups were recruited and analyzed: a community sample comprising 250 adolescents and young adults from secondary education schools, and a clinical sample of 31 patients with similar age characteristics seeking treatment for GD. The participants from the clinical sample scored higher on gambling severity, emotion dysregulation, cognitive biases, and maladaptive coping strategies. In the community sample, cognitive biases mediated the relationship between sex and emotion dysregulation and disengagement. People with GD use more often than controls maladaptive emotion regulation strategies to manage negative emotional states. This perspective emphasizes the need to focus on coping with emotions, as opposed to coping with problems, as the best approach to tackle gambling problems.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted in press - 2020

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Coping
  • Emotion regulation
  • Gambling
  • Gambling disorder

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