Validation of the reasons for gambling questionnaire (RGQ) in a British population survey

Canale, N, Santinello, M and Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2015. Validation of the reasons for gambling questionnaire (RGQ) in a British population survey. Addictive Behaviors, 45, pp. 276-280. ISSN 0306-4603

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Abstract

Introduction. The aim of the study is to validate the five-dimensional structure of the Reasons for Gambling Questionnaire (RGQ) and to test the differences between different types of gamblers (i.e., offline gamblers who gambled in-person only vs.mixed-mode gamblers who gambled both online and offline) on the five dimensions of the RGQ. Methods. Data from the 2010 British Gambling Prevalence Survey (BGPS) were used. The analysed data comprised 5,677 individuals (52.7% female; mean age=47.64 years; SD=17.82). Confirmatory factor analysis and independent-samples t-tests were applied. Results. The five-dimensional structure of the RGQ wasconfirmed in the general sample and among gender and age subgroups. Furthermore, mixed-mode gamblers (MMGs) who gambled both online and offline had higher scores for enhancement, recreation and money motives than offline gamblers that gambled in-person only (IPGs). In addition among males, there was a significant difference in the scores for enhancement and recreation motives across MMGs and IPGs. Among past-year gamblers aged 16-34 years, MMGs had higher scores for enhancement, recreational and monetary motives than IPGs whilst among past-year gamblers aged 35-55years, MMGs had higher scores for enhancement and recreational motives than IPGs. Conclusions. The results are consistent with a previous test of the RGQ and the findings indicate that the RGQis a valid instrument to assess gambling motives among the general population.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addictive Behaviors
Creators: Canale, N., Santinello, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2015
Volume: 45
ISSN: 0306-4603
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.01.035DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Dec 2015 16:25
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26566

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