Learning Approach to Problem Gambling

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1. Which study found that gamblers experienced more negative reinforcements than positive reinforcements?

  • Delfarbo and Winefield
  • Lambos et al.
  • Griffiths
  • Kandel and Wu
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2. Ocassional Reinforcement states

  • Gamblers start gambling by observing gamblers, imitating it and then postively reinforcing it by role models providing social approval
  • Gamblers become used to prolonged periods without rewards so when they do win, they are positively reinforced more maintaining the addiction
  • Gamblers associate sensory aspects of gambling such as noise of a betting machine with the actual behvaiour so when they come into contact with stumuli it triggers arousal of gambling so they want to gamble again cauing them to relapse

3. What did Gupta find?

  • Family members and peers of gamblers were more likely to approve of gambling
  • 86% of 9-14 year olds that gambled said they gambled with family members
  • adolescents engage in addictive behaviour e.g. gambling are being influenced by peers or role models
  • There are 2 different types of gambling addictions: emotionally vulnerable gamblers and gamblers due to exposure to role models

4. Griffiths et al found that?

  • 86% of 9-14 year olds that gambled said they gambled with family members
  • Behaviour becomes an addictio due to the psychological, social, financial rewards gambling provides
  • There are 2 different types of gambling addictions: emotionally vulnerable gamblers and gamblers due to exposure to role models
  • adolescents engage in addictive behaviour e.g. gambling are being influenced by peers or role models

5. Describe conditioned cues

  • Gamblers associate sensory aspects of gambling such as noise of a betting machine with the actual behvaiour so when they come into contact with stumuli it triggers arousal of gambling so they want to gamble again cauing them to relapse
  • Gamblers become used to prolonged periods without rewards so when they do win, they are positively reinforced more maintaining the addiction
  • Gamblers start gambling by observing gamblers, imitating it and then postively reinforcing it by role models providing social approval

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