Development of the Temptations for Gambling Questionnaire: A Measure of Temptation in Recently Quit Gamblers
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SubjectTemptation to gamble
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AbstractAn important factor in understanding relapse in problem gambling is temptation to gamble. This paper evaluates the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Temptations for Gambling Questionnaire (TGQ), a new measure of temptation to gamble in 21 high-risk situations. The TGQ was administered to 101 recently-quit pathological gamblers (65 males and 36 females). Principle components analysis supported a four-factor structure, with factors representing Negative Affect, Positive Mood / Impulsivity, Seeking Wins or Money, and Social Factors. Construct validity of the scale was supported by the consistency of the factors with social learning theory, Marlatt’s cognitive behavioral model of relapse, and prior research on gambling relapse. Internal consistency of the TGQ and its factors was strong (a = 0.80 to 0.91). The TGQ holds promise as a reliable and valid measure of temptation to gamble.
This is an electronic version of an article published in Volume 13, Number 2 / April 2005 of Addiction Research and Theory. Addiction Research and Theory is available online at: http://www.journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=1606-6359&volume=13&issue=2