Gambling Disorders Among Young Women Regular Gamblers: The Unique and Common Contribution of Executive Thinking Style and Mindfulness

J Gambl Stud. 2022 Sep;38(3):833-841. doi: 10.1007/s10899-021-10062-x. Epub 2021 Jul 16.


The aim of this study is to investigate the role played by mindfulness in the relationship between cognitive styles and gambling disorders in a sample of female young adults. Participants in this study (125 women; Mage = 18.64 years; SD = 1.7) were recruited in betting or bingo halls. They completed the South Oaks Gambling Screen, the Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure, and Sternberg's questionnaire on thinking styles. The results from the mediation analyses revealed that the executive thinking style increases gambling and that the deficit in mindfulness ability mediates this relationship. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Executive thinking; Gambling; Mediation model; Mindfulness; Young women.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Gambling* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Thinking
  • Young Adult