“Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention for Problem Gambling in Credit Counseling”
This study will implement a brief intervention with text messaging and will test its effectiveness in reducing gambling behavior and improving financial well-being among credit counseling clients who seek services. Financial counseling organizations provide a community-based environment for screening and brief intervention for gambling-related problems as gambling problems are fundamentally about financial losses. The study holds the promise of expanding brief interventions for gambling to individuals outside the health care system and in so doing, help those at-risk who do not present for formal treatment.
Behavioral - Text messages
The brief intervention includes providing feedback on the individual's gambling score; providing an educational fact about the relationship between problem gambling and financial well-being; talking with the individual about the 'pros' and 'cons' of gambling with suggested strategies that could potentially reduce their gambling behaviors; and concluding with an action oriented closing question. Participants in the intervention group will also receive up to five text messages a week for one month ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention for Problem Gambling in Credit Counseling