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Development of an instrument for the analysis of problem gambling counselling practice

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posted on 2003-06-01, 00:00 authored by A Jackson, T Holt, S Thomas, Beth CrispBeth Crisp
This article provides an overview of the development and validation of a Counsellor Task Analysis (Problem Gambling) [CTA (PG)] instrument undertaken in order to document the activities of counsellors in problem gambling services. The CTA (PG) aims to provide a broad overview of the complexity of the counsellor's role; specify the range of tasks they perform; and document the relationship between the frequency of task performance and the counsellor's beliefs about the importance of the tasks performed.

The CTA (PG) instrument addresses nine dimensions of practice activity through nine subscales, all of which demonstrate internal consistency. It appears to be a strong instrument in terms of its measurement error characteristics for recommending its use with counsellors engaged in the field of gambling. The CTA (PG) gives counsellors the opportunity to document their practice and theories in use when dealing with a problem gambler, a member of the problem gambler's family and the community at large. The psychometric findings reported in this article should be viewed as the preliminary results of an ongoing research effort and further psychometric testing is anticipated.

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Journal

International gambling studies

Volume

3

Pagination

67-87

Location

London, England

ISSN

1445-9795

eISSN

1479-4276

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge

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