Assessment Tools

Gambling is considered to be a hidden addiction. There are a number of assessment and diagnostic tools available to counselors who suspect their client may have a gambling problem. The following tools may help confirm the existence of a gambling addiction.

The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) was developed by Henry Lesieur, PhD, and Sheila Blume, MD, as a screen for compulsive gambling. It is a 20-item questionnaire based on DSM-III criteria for pathological gambling. It may be self-administered or administered by nonprofessional or professional interviewers.

The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) was created by the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance to help people decide on their own whether to seek a formal evaluation of their gambling behavior. Released in 2011, this three-item survey is based on the DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.

The Lie-Bet Questionnaire is a two-question screening tool for pathological gambling. The two questions were selected from the DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling because they were identified as the best predictors of pathological gambling.