Exploring the relationship between treatment satisfaction, perceived improvements in functioning and well-being and gambling harm reduction among clients of pathological gambling treatment programs

Shannon M. Monnat, Bo Bernhard, Brett L.L. Abarbanel, Sarah St John, Ashlee Kalina

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between treatment service quality, perceived improvement in social, functional, and material well-being and reduction in gambling behaviors among clients of Nevada state-funded pathological gambling treatment programs. Utilizing survey data from 361 clients from 2009 to 2010, analyses revealed that client satisfaction with treatment services is positively associated with perceived improvements in social, functional, and material well-being, abstinence from gambling, reduction in gambling thoughts and reduction in problems associated with gambling, even after controlling for various respondent characteristics. These findings can be useful to treatment program staff in managing program development and allocating resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-696
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2014



  • Addiction
  • Gambling abstinence
  • Harm reduction
  • Pathological gambling
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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