Psychometric Evaluation of the National Opinion Research Center DSM-IV Screen for Gambling Problems (NODS)


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Abstract

The present study examined the reliability, validity, and clinical utility of a brief self-report measure of gambling behavior, the National Opinion Research Center DSM-IV Screen for Gambling Problems (NODS). Participants were 157 consecutively enrolled male military veterans taking part in substance use disorder treatment. The NODS displayed good internal consistency. Concurrent and discriminant validity were demonstrated by comparing scores on the NODS to scores on the South Oaks Gambling Screen and to a measure of medical problems, respectively. Overall, the NODS appears to be a reliable, valid, and clinically useful measure of gambling problems among patients in substance use disorder treatment programs.

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