A Focus Group Study of Predictors of Relapse in Electronic Gaming Machine Problem Gambling, Part 1: Factors that ‘Push’ Towards Relapse
Oakes, Jane Elizabeth
Pols, Rene Gaston
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This study aimed to develop an empirically based description of relapse in Electronic Gaming Machine problem gambling. In this paper the authors describe part one of a two part, linked relapse process: the ‘push’ towards relapse. In this two-part process, factors interact sequentially and simultaneously within the problem gambler to produce a series of mental and behavioural events that ends with relapse when the ‘push’ overcomes ‘pull’ (part one); or as described in part two, continued abstinence when ‘pull’ overcomes ‘push’. In the second paper, the authors describe how interacting factors ‘pull’ the problem gambler away from relapse. Two theories emerged: (1) each relapse episode comprised a sequence of mental and behavioural events, which evolves over time and was modified by factors that ‘push’ this sequence towards relapse and (2) a number of gamblers develop an altered state of consciousness during relapse described as the ‘zone’ which prolongs the relapse.