The Cognitive Approach - Gambling

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    • Evaluation
      • Li et al = self-medication pathological gamblers more likely to have other substance  dependencies than pleasure-seeking gamblers
      • Relevant knowledge does not make people less susceptible to cognitive  distortions
      • Evidence to support self-medication model but correlational only
      • Differing  approaches to helping in treatment for pathological gambling, depending on motivation
    • AO1
      • Initiation - self-medication model - individuals intentionally use different forms of pathological behaviour to treat their psychological symptoms
      • Maintenance- cognitive distortions play a role in the maintenance of pathological gambling - regular gamblers believe they were more skillful than they were, and more likely to make irrational verbalisations
      • Relapse - pathological gamblers suffer from a 'recall bias' and belief in 'just world' hypothesis

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