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In the Pursuit of Winning


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Table of Contents

Explaining Why People Gamble.- Games, Gambling, and Gambling Problems.- Exploring the Mind of the Gambler.- Individual Factors in the Development and Maintenance of Problem Gambling.- Gambling.- A Critical Perspective on Gambling.- The Marketing of Gambling.- Religiosity and Gambling Rituals.- Buying a Risk.- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Problem Gamblers.- Psychopharmacological Management of Pathological Gambling.- A Transpersonal Developmental Approach to Gambling Treatment.- How Science Can "Think" About Gamblers Anonymous.- 15.- A Treatment Approach for Adolescents with Gambling Problems.- The Evolution of Problem Gambling Helplines.

About the Author

Masood Zangeneh is Professor, Communication and General Education Department, Centennial College, and Research Analyst, Psychiatric Neurogenetics Department, Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is also editor-in-chief of International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Alex Blaszczynski is Chair of Psychology, University of Sydney; Chief, Department of Medical Psychology, Westmead Hospital; and Conjoint Professor, University of New South Wales, School of Psychiatry. In 1995 he received the United States of America National Council on Problem Gambling Board of Directors Award for outstanding contribution to research on pathological gambling. In 2000, he received an award from the Latin American Psychiatric Association Honor Committee for contribution to the study of the impact of gambling.


From the reviews: "Zangeneh, Blaszczynski, and Turner offer an excellent and complete account of the current state of the science of gambling behavior and the treatment of problem gambling. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." (S. R. Flora, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), 2008) "This book is a series of very interesting ... ideas on the nature of gambling, of pathological or compulsive gambling, and on treatment. ... I found this book to be an interesting and informative read, particularly in its attempt to provide diverse voices on the possible causes of pathological gambling. It is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, clinicians, and academics and will add to our debates about the nature and treatment of pathological gambling." (David M. Ledgerwood, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (38), 2008)

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