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 Volume 1, Issue 1, 2-25, 2014
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Pathological Gambling: Compulsive-Impulsive Spectrum Disorder, Behavioural Addiction or Both? Phenotypic and Endophenotypic Evidence

  Gioia Bottesi - Department of General Psychology, University of Padova
  Marta Ghisi - Department of General Psychology, University of Padova

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 2-25

Features of impulsivity and compulsivity are involved in PG phenomenology, and a large body of literature investigated these aspects primarily using clinical observations and self-report questionnaires. Moreover, cognitive measures of motor inhibition and decision-making abilities may represent promising endophenotypic indicators of behavioural regulation, and deficits in these functions are hypothesised to be implicated in PG. In light of the importance of integrating subjective and objective indicators in psychodiagnostic assessment, the present review will consider findings on phenotypic and endophenotypic indicators of impulsivity and compulsivity in PG. Furthermore, the two main theoretical models proposed for PG will be discussed. An in-depth understanding of the role played by impulsivity and compulsivity within PG is indeed necessary to address diagnostic and treatment issues.

Table of Contents
Impulsive and Compulsive Aspects of Pathological Gambling: Phenomenological Features
 Pathological Gambling and Impulsivity
 Pathological Gambling and Compulsivity
The Role of Inhibitory Control and Decision-Making in Behavioural Regulation: An Endophenotype Approach to Pathological Gambling
 The Endophenotype Approach
 Motor Inhibition Ability in Pathological Gambling
 Decision-Making Ability in Pathological Gambling
Impulsive and Compulsive Aspects of Pathological Gambling: Theoretical Models
 The Compulsive-Impulsive Spectrum Hypothesis
 The Behavioural Addiction Hypothesis

Correspondence to
Gioia Bottesi, Department of General Psychology, University of Padova Via Venezia 8, 35131 Padova, Italy.

Pathological gambling, impulsivity, compulsivity, motor inhibition ability, decision-making.

Received 27 Feb 2013; Revised 29 May 2013; Accepted 26 Jul 2013; In Press 28 Jul 2014

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