The Gambler Addiction Index (GAI) is designed for gambler assessment, screening, or testing. The GAI has been standardized on people in treatment for gambling, probationers on gambler caseloads, and outpatient gambler groups. The GAI is an automated (computer scored), self-report assessment instrument, or test that consists of 166 items and takes 30 to 35 minutes to complete. The GAI is written at a high 5th to low 6th grade reading level. From test data (answers) input, GAIís are computer scored with reports printed on-site, within 2 Ĺ minutes.
Problem gambling is clinically defined as an impulse control disorder (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th edition). The GAI contains a reformatted DSM-IV Gambling Scale. Problem gamblers have strong impulses to gamble, despite harmful life consequences. In addition, the GAI contains a Gambling Severity Scale that measures gambling intensity. These two GAI scales codetermine a meaningful gambler profile. No other gambler test incorporates these two gambling measures, or scales.
Another unique GAI feature is its Truthfulness Scale. Gamblers are notorious liars. When asked about their gambling, most problematic gamblers attempt to rationalize their gambling, deny extensive gambling involvement, or attempt to minimize it. In other words, when assessing gamblers, the evaluator needs to know if the client was honest and truthful. No other gambler test contains a Truthfulness Scale.
Seven GAI Measures
The Gambler Addiction Index (GAI) contains seven scales or measures: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Gambling Severity Scale, 3. DSM-IV Gambling Scale, 4. Alcohol Scale, 5. Drug Scale, 6. Suicide Scale, and 7. Stress Coping Abilities (Stress Management) Scale. These GAI Scales (measures) embody areas of inquiry considered, by many, as necessary for gambler understanding.
Impressive reliability + validity
Strong accountability of results
Standardized on gamblers
Truthfulness Scale for accuracy
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Sound basis for decisions
Gamblers are not all alike. Each, of the seven Gambler Addiction Index (GAI) scales (measures) and their interaction, provide an evidence-based, gambler profile that helps in understanding a gamblers strengths, weaknesses, and areas of concern. Test findings must be evidence-based and provide a sound basis for decisions. The Gambler Addiction Index (GAI) meets these criteria.