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Workshop Description

Gambling disorder is highly stigmatized by the general public. The public stigma of gambling disorder includes stereotypes of affected individuals as “greedy” and “irresponsible,” beliefs that affected individuals are to blame for their problems, and desire to avoid social contact with affected individuals. Stigmatizing attitudes held by the public are often internalized by individuals with gambling disorder, which leads to problem concealment, reduced treatment-seeking, and decreased self-esteem. This presentation will review theoretical conceptualizations and research findings on the stigmatization of gambling disorder. Research on interventions aimed at preventing and reducing stigma of gambling disorder will also be discussed. Lessons learned from efforts to destigmatize other mental health disorders, and how that knowledge may be applied to gambling disorder, will be considered.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe one difference in how gambling disorder is viewed by the general public relative to depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol use disorder
  • Learn two theoretical explanations for the higher stigmatization of gambling disorder relative to other psychiatric disorders
  • Learn three intervention strategies that may be used to reduce public stigma of gambling disorder


  • What is Gambling Disorder?
  • Models of Stigma
  • Research on the Stigma of Gambling Disorder
  • Stigma Reduction and Future Directions

This workshop is 1.0 hours in length. It is FREE to attend.

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