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Alexithymia predicts loss chasing for people at risk for problem gambling

Bibby, Peter A.; Ross, Katherine E.

Authors

Peter A. Bibby

Katherine E. Ross



Abstract

Background and aims

The aim of this research was to investigate the relationship between alexithymia and loss-chasing behavior in people at risk and not at risk for problem gambling.
Methods

An opportunity sample of 58 (50 males and 8 females) participants completed the Problem Gambling Severity Index and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). They then completed the Cambridge Gambling Task from which a measure of loss-chasing behavior was derived.
Results

Alexithymia and problem gambling risk were significantly positively correlated. Subgroups of non-alexithymic and at or near caseness for alexithymia by low risk and at risk for problem gambling were identified. The results show a clear difference for loss-chasing behavior for the two alexithymia conditions, but there was no evidence that low and at-risk problem gamblers were more likely to loss chase. The emotion-processing components of the TAS-20 were shown to correlate with loss chasing.
Discussion and conclusion

These findings suggest that loss-chasing behavior may be particularly prevalent in a subgroup of problem gamblers those who are high in alexithymia.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Print ISSN 2062-5871
Electronic ISSN 2063-5303
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Bibby, P. A., & Ross, K. E. (in press). Alexithymia predicts loss chasing for people at risk for problem gambling. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6(4), https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.6.2017.076
DOI https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.6.2017.076
Keywords alexithymia, problem gambling, loss chasing
Publisher URL http://akademiai.com/doi/10.1556/2006.6.2017.076
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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