Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 15–27 | Cite as

Testing NLCLiP: Validation of Estimates of Rates of Non-problematic and Problematic Gambling in a Sample of British Schoolchildren

  • John Lepper
  • Ben Haden
Original Paper


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.


Problem gambling Short screen Children 



We wish to thank Rachel Volberg for providing access to NODS-CLiP, and, together with Rebecca Cassidy, Jeffrey Derevensky, Deborah Hawkes, Alun Jackson, Corinne May-Chahal and Barry Tolchard, members of the Gambling Research Network, attendees at a workshop at the EASG Conference in Nova Gorica in 2008 and the “Calculated Risks: new perspectives on gambling” conference at Goldsmiths, London in 2009 and anonymous referees for many valuable comments and criticisms on earlier versions of this paper. We also thank Julia Pye for computation assistance. Nevertheless, the views expressed are ours alone. They cannot be construed as being endorsed by, or representative of, the views or the opinions of the National Lottery Commission, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport or the UK Government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for CultureMedia and SportLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of Advanced StudiesLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  3. 3.National Lottery CommissionBirminghamUK

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