Mental Health and Problem in Gambling on Helpline 1323’s Clients

  • Tanakrit likritalakul Psychologist, Child and adolescent mental health rajanagarindra institute
  • Passakorn Koomsiri Psychologist, Child and adolescent mental health rajanagarindra institute
  • Patteera Disayawanwat Psychiatrist, Child and adolescent mental health rajanagarindra institute
  • Chonticha Yamma Public Health Technical Officer, Child and adolescent mental health rajanagarindra institute
  • Santipap Nantasan Psychologist, Child and adolescent mental health rajanagarindra institute
Keywords: Helpline 1323; problem gambling; mental health

Abstract

Objective : To study the association between mental health and levels of gambling
problem in the client of the Mental Health Helpline 1323.
Methodology : This study was descriptive research, which use purposive sampling.
Data is draw from 79 client of the Mental Health Helpline 1323 in April to December
2557 who agreed to complete semi-structure interview which contain 9 items of problem
gambling severity index and 12 items of general health questionnaire Thai version
(Thai GHQ-12). Data is analyse by Chi-square.
Results : The study found that mental health and levels of gambling problem was
association. (χ² = 20.782, p = .000) Then, while analysed the Thai GHQ-12 in items
found that the participants in problem gambling category has insomnia, felt stress,
inattention and depress too. Quality data show relaxing and expect to get money were
the reasons to continue gambling. While the hazardous gamblers had motivation to quit
for beloved one.
Conclusion : Mental health problem is associate with levels of gambling problem. So the
Mental Helpline need to provide counseling for gambling problem.

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Published
2020-06-24
How to Cite
likritalakul, T., Koomsiri, P., Disayawanwat, P., Yamma, C., & Nantasan, S. (2020). Mental Health and Problem in Gambling on Helpline 1323’s Clients. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 65(2), 131-140. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JPAT/article/view/243544