(history, explanations, types of games)
Eadington, W.R. & Cornelius, J.A. (1993). Gambling Behaviour and Problem Gambling. Reno NV: Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, College of Business Administration, University of Nevada at Reno.
This book is an in-depth, comprehensive collection of scholarly papers that include topics such as the attributes of gambling literature and would like to broaden their understanding from an academic approach.
Hutchinson, Robert. (1996). The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Gambling. Richmond Hill, ON: Distican, Incorporated.
This book provides a complete overview of all commonly played games, outlining rules, strategies and the basic object of play for each game. This is a good resource for those desiring an understanding of various games of chance.
Lesieur, Henry. (1993). Understanding Compulsive Gambling. Centre City, Minnesota: Hazelden Educational Materials.
This is a short booklet from the ‘Recovery from Compulsive Gambling Series’ that explains emotional dependency and the loss of control that accompanies problem gambling. Written from a disease-model perspective, this booklet introduces theories of problem gambling, phases, indication signs, and resources for problem gamblers. This short and informative read is useful material for counsellors to keep on hand for those clients who desire a brief, consumer-friendly reading.
Mandal, V.P. & Doelen, C.V. (1999). Chasing Lightning: Gambling in Canada. Toronto: United Church Publishing House.
A book presenting a uniquely Canadian analysis of the state of gambling in Canada. Chasing Lightning outlines the emergence of gambling in Canada, its social and economic impact, problem gambling issues, new developments such as internet gambling and future trends. This book is an excellent resource for counsellors, researchers and educational providers.
McMurran, Mary (1994).
The psychology of addiction. London, England UK: Taylor and Francis.
Describes the stages of addiction, individualized strategies for treatment and all the major treatment techniques, with an emphasis on motivational change. This book is a good beginning to placing gambling within the frame of addictions. The Psychology of Addiction is a valuable resource for professionals such as nurses, counsellors, social workers, probation officers and medical students.
Shaffer, Howard. (Ed.). The Journal of Gambling Studies.
New York, NY: Human Sciences Press, Inc.
The Journal of Gambling Studies is dedicated to understanding gambling as a social, legal, psychological, pathological, economic and recreational activity in society.
Walker, Michael. (1995).
The Psychology of Gambling. New York, NY: Pergamon Press.
This book is a good reference guide that provides a comprehensive review of several theories of gambling with corresponding treatments. Although several explanations of problem gambling are presented, one chapter is devoted to a detailed presentation of the sociocognitive theory of problem gambling, emphasizing cognitive restructuring as a preferred form of treatment. This book is geared towards counsellors, psychologists and others interested in the recovery of gamblers.
Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. (1997). Treatment Tools: A resource for Counsellors for Treating Problem Gambling. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC).
This manual is a thorough and excellent primary source of counsellors with or without a background in counselling problem gamblers. It covers all aspects of the treatment process including screening and assessment, financial counselling, relapse prevention and discharge planning and referral. Also included in the manual are several
assessment tools, client task sheets, and video guides. This resource is useful for
group and individual counselling.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). Washington, D.C.
Galaski, Thomas. (Ed.). (1987). The Handbook of Pathological Gambling. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas.
Comprehensive and valuable reference material for mental health professionals, social workers and clinicians. This book is a compilation of work written by clinicians. This book encourages its reader to recognize the need for biological and psychosocial research, tools for developing, implementing, and monitoring treatment.
A wide range of subjects are covered, from definitions of problem gambling to family dynamics and rehabilitation.