Anger and Aggression in Gambling Disorder


Anger and Aggression in Gambling Disorder


Arshad Mahmood1, Tony Toneato2*

1Independent Practice.
2PhD. Director, Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, New College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


International Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy

Higher rates of anger and aggression have been observed in problem gamblers. In this cross-sectional study the relationship between anger, aggression and a community sample of problem gamblers was examined within two subtypes of gambling: Perceived Skill Gambling (sports, cards, track) and Chance Gambling (bingo, lotteries, slot machines) gambling. Aggression and anger were assessed by the Aggression Questionnaire (AQ) and the Trait Anger Scale (TAS), respectively. Results indicated that Perceived Skill Gamblers (i.e., sports, card, track) scored higher on expressing anger on the AQ as well as on the hostility, physical and verbal and aggression subscales of the TAS. There were no sex differences on any AQ subscale except for the Physical Aggression Subscale. We did not find gender differences on the TAS. The study shows evidence that Perceived Skill Gamblers experience more anger, hostility, physical and verbal aggression as measured by the AQ. The current findings contribute to an improved understanding of the complexity of the factors that are implicated in gambling disorder, and suggests that anger and aggression should be routinely assessed among disordered gamblers seeking treatment.


Keywords: problem gambling; anger; aggression; gambling treatment

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How to cite this article:
Arshad Mahmood, Tony Toneato. Anger and Aggression in Gambling Disorder. International Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 2020; 3:21. DOI: 10.28933/ijart-2020-08-0605


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