Peter A. Bibby
Alexithymia predicts loss chasing for people at risk for problem gambling
Bibby, Peter A.; Ross, Katherine E.
Katherine E. Ross
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.
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.
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|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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|
|Keywords||alexithymia, problem gambling, loss chasing|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0|
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
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