To further examine specific issues or relevant changes to the field of gambling disorder research, the NCRG publishes white papers based on the peer-reviewed work of leading experts in this field. These white papers offer the latest news and information on gambling research and responsible gaming best practices.
From Pathological Gambling to Gambling Disorder: Changes in the DSM-5
Prepared by Christine Reilly and Nathan Smith, NCRG
Revised December 2014
This paper discusses some of the proposed changes that will be published in the American Psychiatric Association's fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released in May 2013. The DSM is a key reference document for mental health professionals that contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM-5 proposes specific changes to the diagnostic code of pathological gambling to reclassify the disorder, and those proposed revisions are outlined in this document.
Internet Gambling: An Emerging Field of Research
Prepared by Christine Reilly, NCRG
This paper explores the latest peer-reviewed research that addresses Internet gambling and the impact of new technology on public health. Recently published studies offer a mixed picture of the health risks of online gambling. Most publications on the topic are either commentaries or surveys of limited value. This paper examines studies done by Harvard Medical School researchers that evaluates actual betting transactions of online gamblers to determine patterns of behavior when gambling online.