An examination of clinician responses to problem gambling in community mental health services

Victoria Manning, Nicki A. Dowling, Simone N. Rodda, Ali Cheetham, Dan Ian Lubman

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Gambling problems commonly co-occur with other mental health problems. However, screening for problem gambling (PG) rarely takes place within mental health treatment settings. The aim of the current study was to examine the way in which mental health clinicians respond to PG issues. Participants (n = 281) were recruited from a range of mental health services in Victoria, Australia. The majority of clinicians reported that at least some of their caseload was affected by gambling problems. Clinicians displayed moderate levels of knowledge about the reciprocal impact of gambling problems and mental health but had limited knowledge of screening tools to detect PG. Whilst 77% reported that they screened for PG, only 16% did so “often” or “always” and few expressed confidence in their ability to treat PG. However, only 12.5% reported receiving previous training in PG, and those that had, reported higher levels of knowledge about gambling in the context of mental illness, more positive attitudes about responding to gambling issues, and more confidence in detecting/screening for PG. In conclusion, the findings highlight the need to upskill mental health clinicians so they can better identify and manage PG and point towards opportunities for enhanced integrated working with gambling services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2075
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Clinical practice
  • Clinician attitudes
  • Comorbidity
  • Problem gambling
  • Screening and assessment

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