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Volume 9 |Article ID 918427 | https://doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2009.42

Daniel T. L. Shek, Elda M. L. Chan, "Assessment of Problem Gambling in a Chinese Context: The Chinese G-MAP", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 9, Article ID 918427, 9 pages, 2009. https://doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2009.42

Assessment of Problem Gambling in a Chinese Context: The Chinese G-MAP

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick
Received04 Mar 2009
Revised25 Apr 2009
Accepted07 May 2009

Abstract

There is a severe lack of instruments to assess problem gambling in Chinese people. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Maroondah Assessment Profile for Problem Gambling (Chinese G-MAP), based on the responses of eight problem gamblers and 125 pathological gamblers seeking help from a problem gambling treatment center. Reliability analyses showed that the G-MAP and its related domains and scales were generally internally consistent. There are also several lines of evidence suggesting that the Chinese G-MAP and the various domains are valid: (a) the various G-MAP domain and scale measures were significantly correlated among themselves, (b) the G-MAP measures were significantly correlated with pathological gambling behavior assessed by the 4th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), and (c) the G-MAP total scale and domain measures were able to discriminate problem gamblers and pathological gamblers. The present study suggests that the Chinese G-MAP possesses acceptable psychometric properties that can be used in research and practice settings.

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