CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
UI study to look at compulsive gambling
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women age 18 and older who believe they have
a gambling problem are invited to participate in a University of Iowa College
of Medicine study on compulsive gambling.
UI researchers are interested in finding out more about compulsive gamblers'
behavior, emotions and general health. "Despite the enormous scope
of this problem, very little data exists on the types of emotional and
health problems compulsive gamblers face," says Dr. Donald Black,
UI professor of psychiatry. "Previous research suggests this affects
as many as three percent of the population, mostly men. For many of these
people the problem begins in adolescence or early adulthood and progresses
over several years."
Compulsive gambling is characterized by some psychiatrists as a disorder
of impulse control. It is a failure to resist the impulse to gamble, despite
serious personal and financial consequences. It is becoming a growing problem
in states that use legalized gambling to raise state revenues.
There are no proven treatments for compulsive gambling, Black notes.
The most popular are 12-step programs similar to those used to treat people
Study participants will be asked to make one visit to the UI to be interviewed
about their gambling behavior, their emotions and their general health.
Interviews will last approximately one to two hours. Compensation is available.
For more information, contact Dr. Donald Black at (319) 353-4431.