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Title: Impulsivity as a Moderator and Mediator Between Life Stress and Pathological Gambling among Chinese Treatment-Seeking Gamblers
Authors: Tang, C.S. 
Wu, A.M.S.
Keywords: Chinese pathological gambling
Impulsivity and Chinese gambling
Impulsivity, stress, and gambling
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Citation: Tang, C.S., Wu, A.M.S. (2012-08). Impulsivity as a Moderator and Mediator Between Life Stress and Pathological Gambling among Chinese Treatment-Seeking Gamblers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 10 (4) : 573-584. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examined the role of impulsivity and its interplay with gambling correlates in influencing the severity of pathological gambling in Chinese societies. It also investigated the extent to which impulsivity would moderate and/or mediate the relationship between life stress and pathological gambling in 94 Chinese treatment-seeking gamblers. Results of a hierarchical regression analysis showed that years of gambling, life stress, and impulsivity were significant correlates of pathological gambling. Post-hoc analyses of a significant impulsivity x life stress 2-way interaction effect indicated that life stress was significantly associated with pathological gambling among participants with low impulsivity only, whereas pathological gambling remained high regardless of the stress level among participants with high impulsivity. Bootstrapping results also showed that impulsivity partially mediated the influence of life stress on pathological gambling. Findings have implications for gambling treatment programs. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Source Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
ISSN: 15571874
DOI: 10.1007/s11469-011-9355-0
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