Twelve-Month Prevalence of DSM-5 Gambling Disorder and Associated Gambling Behaviors Among Those Receiving Methadone Maintenance

Seth S. Himelhoch, Haley Miles-McLean, Deborah Medoff, Julie Kreyenbuhl, Loreen Rugle, Julie Brownley, Marie Bailey-Kloch, Wendy Potts, Christopher Welsh

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This study sought to: (1) determine the prevalence of gambling disorder using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Version 5 (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association in Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, American Psychiatric Publishing, Arlington, 2013) criteria; (2) identify the frequency and amount of money spent on gambling behaviors; and (3) determine demographic and treatment related predictors associated with gambling disorder in a substance using population. People receiving methadone maintenance treatment (N = 185) in an urban medical center consented to participate in the study. We used DSM-5 criteria to assess the 12-month prevalence of gambling disorder. Questions adapted from a previously developed measure were used to identify, describe and quantify the frequency of use and amount of money spent on gambling behaviors. Most participants were African-American (71.4 %), male (54.1 %), unmarried (76.8 %), unemployed (88.1 %) and had an income of 

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Gambling Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Version 5
  • Gambling behaviors
  • Gambling disorder
  • Methadone maintenance treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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