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Friday, November 25, 2011

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Qestions about your study:
1. What was the relevance of the use of twins in this study?
2. Is it possible to draw another conclusion from your study? -- Treatment with an abstinance goal reduces future gambling - even though there is not 100% abstinance? I read your criteria on abstinance to require 100% behavioral change. Your report would suggest to me that the treatment studied was very successful. As one who treats problem gamblers, I would be proud of my part in this treatment if my clients received a similar report. You have made a case for treatment.
3. The more serious question is: Who has the abstiance goal - the gemblers or the treatment professional? I think the most important issue is the gambler's goal in treatment. This is likely a more powerful indicator of outcome than the treatment professional's goal. And I am aware that gamblers are typically less than honest, making such a consideration difficult.

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