• Feasibility of Brief Screening for At-Risk Gambling In Consumer Credit Counseling

      Sacco, Paul; Jacobson Frey, Jodi; Callahan, Christine, Ph.D.; Hochheimer, Martin; Imboden, Rachel; Hyde, Devon (Springer, 2019-02-19)
      Gambling disorder and problem gambling often lead to major suffering in the form of mental health problems, interpersonal conflict, and financial crises. One potential setting for detecting at-risk gambling is credit counseling as gambling problems may manifest themselves in the form of financial distress and bankruptcy. Research studies have not considered those seeking credit counseling as individuals at risk for gambling problems even though gambling may contribute to financial distress. Therefore, the current study sought to quantify the prevalence of at-risk gambling in credit counseling compared with national estimates, to compare at-risk gamblers in this population to lower risk individuals, and to assess the feasibility of gambling screening in these settings. Using a mixed methods approach, the current study found that almost 20% of callers to a national agency reported gambling behavior, and among those who gambled, they reported higher rates of problems related to gambling than the broader U.S. population, thus supporting the idea that screening in credit counseling may help identify those at risk. Low risk gamblers were slightly younger than non-gamblers, but no other differences in sociodemographic and financial status variables were found based on gambling risk status. Results from focus groups and individual interviews suggest that credit counselors and program administrators see the benefit to brief screening within their intake and counseling processes. Our findings suggest that gambling screening is feasible in consumer credit counseling and may be acceptable to staff and administrators at these agencies.
    • Hidden Hazards: The Business Response to Addictions in the Workplace

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (Human Solutions, 2009-07)
      The 2009 annual report tackles some of the myths and long-held beliefs about addictions and their impact on workplaces across Canada. We distill the key findings concerning addictions and present these in a manner that can lead to a clear understanding of the issues for HR/Benefits practitioners and other business leaders interested in contributing to building a healthy and safe workplace. In the tradition of previous reports, we review numerous empirical studies with an emphasis on Canadian data when available. We offer this report to our customers and other key stakeholders in an effort to bring the most current and empirically validated perspectives to this very important issue. Our hope is that this report will assist you by summarizing key elements on addictions which may prompt you to take action such as creating or updating a substance use policy, initiating an awareness campaign at all levels of your organization, or providing information about available support services.
    • Integrating SBIRT for Problem Gambling into Credit Counseling Settings

      Jacobson Frey, Jodi; Sacco, Paul; Callahan, Christine, Ph.D. (2018-01-11)
    • The Prevalence of At-Risk Gambling in Consumer Credit Counseling: Comparison with National Estimates

      Sacco, Paul; Jacobson Frey, Jodi; Callahan, Christine, Ph.D.; Hyde, Devon (2017-09)