Most studies on the relationship between PG, substance use and mental health disorders have relied on retrospective data. These studies have shown that mental health disorders/substance use usually predate the onset of PG. However, PG also appears to be a risk factors of developing these disorders. A novel way to explore the reciprocal relationship between PG and mental health disorders/substance use is to deploy cross-lagged path models on longitudinal data. The article presents data from a prospective general population cohort.

Prepare for a discussion of study design, causality, and future research objectives.

Title of the article to be discussed:

Dowling, N. A., Butera, C. A., Merkouris, S. S., Youssef, G. J., Rodda, S. N., & Jackson, A. C. (2019). The Reciprocal Association between Problem Gambling and Mental Health Symptoms / Substance Use : Cross-Lagged Path Modelling of Longitudinal Cohort Data, 1–15.

The JC will be led by PhD student Håkan Wall, and doctor Ingvar Rosendahl.

The Journal Club is intended for PhD-students associated with CPF. Registration for the JC is not necessary! It will be possible to join in on video conference through ZOOM, contact Karolina Sörman ( for this purpose.

Instructions regarding ZOOM: You can get also connected through smartphone (download the app ZOOM). Click on "join a meeting", type in the meeting code that Karolina will provide you with and choose username. For a group to join in, you can use a web camera. For this purpose, download ZOOM on your laptop (for SLL-computers, the installation might take some time so prepare this well in time). To join the meeting, click on the link provided by Karolina.