A comprehensive review of problem gambling screens and scales for online self-assessment
Av: Stinchfield, Randy D. ; McCready, John ; Turner, Nigel E.
This report provides a comprehensive and critical review of all existing problem gambling self-assessment instruments. One of the tasks of clinicians, researchers, prevention specialists and those interested in promoting responsible gambling is to select an appropriate instrument to measure problem gambling. This review makes an important contribution to the problem gambling field by providing a single source of critical information about all existing problem gambling instruments. Because clinicians, researchers, prevention specialists, and those interested in promoting responsible gambling, need to choose from among a vast array of instruments, a comprehensive and critical review of all problem gambling instruments has practical importance and a high degree of potential utilization. The purpose of the current project was to review the available self-assessment tools and identify those that would strike a good balance between instrument validity and appeal to internet gamblers. The outcome requirements for the research methods for this project were as follows: compile an inventory of problem gambling assessment tools which have potential for use on an internet platform; write a comprehensive and critical review of problem gambling assessment tools which are suitable for use on an internet platform; recommend one or more tools which are best suited for self-assessment on an internet platform; and recommend methods (promotion) to facilitate the use of this online problem gambling self-assessment tool by customers.