Testing NLCLiP: Validation of estimates of rates of non-problematic and problematic gambling in a sample of British schoolchildren

Abstract

This paper reports on the results of applying a short screen for problem gambling, called {NLCLiP}, to a national sample of 8,958 British schoolchildren under the age of 16. It shows that, in its current form, {NLCLiP} can, with reasonable accuracy, be employed to estimate the rate of prevalence of problematic and non-problematic (i.e. gambling which does not lead to significant endorsement of {DSM-IV-MR-J} criteria) in a general population of children. However, {NLCLiP} does not reliably discriminate between problem and at risk gamblers. Moreover, it does not provide a reliable basis to identify cases of problem gambling. The main conclusion reached is that {NLCLiP} is a potentially useful tool for regulators to assess changes in the prevalence of problematic and non-problematic gambling among children over time.

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