Boredom proneness in pathological gambling

Psychol Rep. 1990 Aug;67(1):35-42. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1990.67.1.35.


To test the hypothesis that pathological gamblers seek stimulation as a means of reducing aversive under-aroused states of boredom and/or depression, the Beck Depression Inventory, Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale and a Boredom Proneness Scale were administered to 48 diagnosed pathological gamblers and a control group of 40 family physician patients. Analyses of variance showed pathological gamblers obtained significantly higher boredom proneness and depression scores than those of controls. That the Boredom Proneness Scale failed to correlate with the Zuckerman Boredom Susceptibility subscale suggested the two measure differing dimensions. Results indicated the possible existence of three subtypes of pathological gamblers, one group characterized by boredom, another by depression, and a third by a mixture of both depression and boredom.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arousal*
  • Boredom*
  • Female
  • Gambling / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychometrics