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Military Personnel: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Screen for Gambling Disorder Addiction and Update Guidance

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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The American Psychiatric Associations 2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines gambling disorder as persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Public Law 114-92 included a provision for GAO to review gambling among members of the armed forces. This report 1 describes what is known about the prevalence of gambling disorder among servicemembers in DOD and the CG 2 assesses DODs and the CGs approaches to screening, diagnosing, and treating servicemembers for gambling disorder and 3 evaluates the extent to which DOD and CG guidance address gambling disorder in a manner similar to substance-use disorders. GAO analyzed DODs most recent data related to gambling disorder prevalence fiscal years 20112015 and DOD and CG policies.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law

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