Dissociative symptoms in pathological gambling

Jon E. Grant, Suck W Kim

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Background: Dissociation is increasingly being recognized as both a normal process and as a psychophysiological aspect of a number of mental disorders. The purpose of this investigation was to shed light on a possible link between dissociation and pathological gambling, a relatively common disorder whose phenomenology remains understudied. Sampling and Methods: Thirty adult outpatients who met DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling and had no comorbidity were administered the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES).Results: The pathological gamblers had DES scores that did not significantly differ from those reported by normal controls (t = -0.620; d.f. = 29; p = 0.540). Conclusions: Pathological gamblers do not appear to experience dissociative symptoms (as reflected on the DES) at a rate significantly different from those found in normal controls. Because pathological gamblers seeking medication treatment, as in this study, may differ from others with pathological gambling, further studies are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-203
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 7 2003


  • Dissociative experiences scale
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Pathological gambling


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