Motivation and the Effects of Self-Compassion on Risk-Taking Among Moderate- to High-Risk Problem Gamblers

 

StudentNicolas Brais, University of Manitoba (Psychology)
Research PriorityExplore what risk and protective factors (e.g. behavioural, psychological, cultural/social, environmental, health, demographic, etc.) influence the movement back and forth between no risk and problem gambling risk levels and examine the resulting implications for prevention, harm minimization and/or treatment of gambling problems.
FundingHonours Studentship ($5,000)
Project StatusCompleted

 

Project Summary

Self-compassion is a multifaceted personality trait that describes people who are kind to themselves in times of trouble. The aim of this study is to examine how self-compassion influences gambling behaviours, particularly among university students who score in the moderate-to high-risk range on the Problem Gambling Severity Index. The strength and direction of this influence will further be compared between conditions in which individuals’ drive or desire to engage in a gambling game is relatively high or low. The results are expected to show whether self-compassion reduces or possibly accelerates risky betting in a high-motivation gambling situation, which in turn may inform psychological prevention and treatment approaches that encourage or discourage self-compassion.

 

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