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Volume 9, Pages 548-556
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2009.42
Research Article

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

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
2Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, China
4Even Centre, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong, China

Received 4 March 2009; Revised 25 April 2009; Accepted 7 May 2009

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2009 Daniel T. L. Shek and Elda M. L. Chan.

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.