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Self-perceived distress and impairment in problem gamblers : a study of pre- to post-treatment measurement invariance

Smith, David, Woodman, Richard, Harvey, Peter and Battersby, Malcolm 2016, Self-perceived distress and impairment in problem gamblers : a study of pre- to post-treatment measurement invariance, Journal of gambling studies, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 1065-1078, doi: 10.1007/s10899-016-9598-6.

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Title Self-perceived distress and impairment in problem gamblers : a study of pre- to post-treatment measurement invariance
Author(s) Smith, David
Woodman, Richard
Harvey, Peter
Battersby, Malcolm
Journal name Journal of gambling studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 1065
End page 1078
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 1573-3602
Keyword(s) problem gambling
psychological distress
work and social impairment
cognitive behavioural therapy
measurement invariance
Summary Gambling help services typically evaluate treatment outcomes using self-reported responses and measurements. However, gamblers’ conceptualisations and prioritisations with respect to these measurements may shift over time. Thus, changes in the self-reported responses may not always reflect true change in the individuals. This study investigated for response shift in self-report measures of psychological distress and impairment in 293 help-seeking problem gamblers. We used confirmatory factor analysis to model data structures from pre-treatment to post-treatment. The findings indicated that a response shift had occurred. Two items became less important and one item became more important in measuring psychological distress. Measurement invariance was achieved for the complete set of items for impairment. These findings provide a more in-depth understanding of the nature of self-report outcomes in otherwise routinely collected data.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10899-016-9598-6
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
1506 Tourism
1701 Psychology
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082324

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