Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

492

Date

2011

Date of Award

11-30-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Andy W. Meyers

Committee Member

James P. Whelan

Committee Member

Rick Dale

Abstract

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and there is a need for valid assessment measures for researchers and clinicians that work with Spanish-speaking gamblers. Spanish versions of self-report measures of gamblers' cognitive distortions (Gamblers' Beliefs Questionniaire; Steenbergh, Meyers, Whelan, & May, 2002) and self-efficacy to control gambling behavior (Gambling Self-Efficacy Questionaire; May, Whelan, Steenbergh, & Meyers, 2003) were translated and psychometrically evaluated in a sample of 219 Hispanics residing in the South U.S. The GBQ and GSEQ showed good internal consistencies (Alpha = .95; Alpha = .99, respectively). Factor analytic data revealed factor structures similar to the initial English psychometric evaluations. Problem and pathological gamblers scored significantly higher on the GBQ than non-problem gamblers. However, no significant differences were found among these groups on GSEQ scores. Prevalence of gambling and types of gambling activities were also assessed. Greater acculturation was associated with higher likelihood of gambling participation.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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