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Problem Gambling Severity Index PGSI

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Thinking about the last 12 months…

1.Have you bet more than you could really afford to lose?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                             

2. Still thinking about the last 12 month, have you needed to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                                    

3. When you gambled, did you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                            

4. Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                     

5. Have you felt that you might have a problem with gambling?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                      

6. Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                             

7. Have people criticized your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                         

8. Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3                                   

9. Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

Never=0    Sometimes=1    Most of the time=2     Almost always=3   


Scoring Instructions for the PGSI

Total your score. The higher your score the greater the risk that your gambling is a problem.

Score the following for each response:  

never = 0
sometimes = 1
most of the time = 2
almost always = 3

Scores for the nine items are summed, and the results are interpreted as follows:

0 =  Non-problem gambling.
1-2 = Low level of problems with few or no identified negative consequences.
3-7 = Moderate level of problems leading to some negative consequences.
8 or more = Problem gambling with negative consequences and a possible loss of control.

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