Selecting a Screening test for Gamblers

If you are selecting a gambler assessment instrument, the following Comparison Checklist should prove helpful. It lists important screening test qualities. The "Other" column represents any other test you might want to compare to the GAI.


TEST COMPARISON CHECKLIST

COMPARISON CATEGORIES

GAI

Other

Designed Specifically for Gambler Evaluation
Yes  

Test Reliability and Validity Research Provided
Yes  

A Test, Not an Interview Procedure
Yes  

Test Completed in 35 Minutes
Yes  

On-Site Reports Printed within 3 Minutes
Yes  

Truthfulness Scale to Detect Faking
Yes  

Truth-Corrected Scores for Accuracy
Yes  

Four Test Administration Options
Yes  

     1. Paper-Pencil (English and Spanish)
Yes  

     2. On Computer Screen (English and Spanish)
Yes  

     3. Human Voice Audio (English and Spanish)
Yes  

   
 4.
Internet testing at
www.online-testing.com
Yes  

Gambler Severity Scale Quantifies Gambling Involvement
Yes  

Suicide Scale Establishes Probability of Suicide
Yes  

Alcohol Scale Measures Severity of Drinking
Yes  

Drugs Scale Measures Severity of Drug Use
Yes  

DSM-IV
Gambling Scale utilizes DSM-IV Criteria
Yes  

DSM-IV Gambling Scale
Identifies Pathological Gamblers
Yes  

Stress Coping Abilities Scale Measures Emotional Problems
Yes  

Delete Client Names (Insures Confidentiality)
Yes  

ASAM Compatible and HIPPA Compliant
Yes  

Test Data Input Verification (Insures Accuracy)
Yes  

Available in English and Spanish
Yes  

Built-in Database at No Additional Cost
Yes  

Annual Database Summary Report (Free)
Yes  

Available in MS-DOS and Windows
Yes  

Easily Understood Reports
Yes  

Meaningful Score-Related Recommendations
Yes  

More Than Just Another Alcohol or Drug Test
Yes  

Staff Training (Free)
Yes  

Examination Kits (Free)
Yes  

Automated Criminogenic Structured Interview (Free)
Yes  

Thirty-Day Money Back Guarantee
Yes  

Very Affordable Test Unit Fee
Yes  

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