Download PDF: CAMH Gambling Screen
Researchers and clinicians at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have developed a brief screening instrument for problem gambling. It is intended as a short screen to quickly identify people who might have a problem, but who are currently not seeking treatment for gambling problems. The screen could be used by anyone who wants to investigate gambling as a possible issue without engaging in a longer questionnaire.
This protocol is largely an adaptation of a subset of items from the SOGS that have been found to be particularly useful in differentiating problem and non-problem gamblers. Items 1 to 5 are from the SOGS with some minor wording changes. Item number 6 was added based on the frequent occurrence of persistence among people with gambling problems. Item number 7 was added because some people respond yes to some of the questions, but have only “lost” control on one or more occasion.
The Short Gambling Quiz
In the past 12 months have you gambled more than you intended to?
In the past 12 months have you claimed to be winning money when you were not?
In the past 12 months have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or about what happens when you gamble?
In the past 12 months have people criticized your gambling?
In the past 12 months have you had money arguments centred on gambling?
In the past 12 months did you feel you had to persist until you won?
If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, how often has it happened?
__________once__________ only sometimes__________ often
If a person answers no to all questions, you can be very confident that he or she does not have a gambling problem. A score of 2 may indicate that he or she is developing a problem, but currently does not have a problem. If the person scores 3 or more you can be very confident that he or she does have a problem; over 97% of people who do not have a problem score less than 2 on these items. A score of 2 is a judgment call; the majority of people who do not have a problem score less than 2, but the majority of people who do have a problem score more than 2. This score may indicate a person that is in transition. Question 7 is used to adjust a person’s score. If a person scored 3 or above, but responded once only to question 7, then he or she may be at risk or in transition, but probably does not currently have a gambling problem.
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