Remission from pathological gambling among Hispanics and native Americans

Joseph Westermeyer, Jose Canive, Paul Thuras, Suk W. Kim, Ross Crosby, James Thompson, Judith Garrard

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This community survey studied remission from pathological gambling (PG) among American Indian (AI) and Hispanic American (HA) veterans. Remission was defined as having a lifetime diagnosis of PG, but no gambling symptoms in the last year. Sample consisted of 1624 AI and Hispanic veterans. Instruments included demographic data, the computer-based algorithmic Quick Diagnostic Interview Schedule Symptom, and three symptom checklists, one each for substance related problems (MAST/AD), anxiety and depressive symptoms (BSI-57), and combat-related post-trauma symptoms (PCL/M). Remission was associated with absence of a current Axis 1 diagnosis, especially absence of a current post-traumatic stress disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-553
Number of pages17
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was support by a grant from the HSRD Research Office of VACO. Eligio Padilla, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, and Peter Meyers, Psy.D., a Lakota psychologist with extensive experience among AI clients in the Upper Midwest, Dana Chesness, study coordinator, and Sean Nugent, statistician, Minneapolis VAMC collaborated in the project design.

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  • American Indian
  • Gambling
  • Hispanic
  • Remission
  • Veterans


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