Sheila B. Blume

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The South Oaks Gambling Screen 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. A total of 1,616 subjects were involved in its development: 867 patients with diagnoses of substance abuse and pathological gambling, 213 members of(More)
The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), a validated, reliable instrument for detecting gambling problems, and the South Oaks Leisure Activities Screen (SOLAS), a companion screening tool for use with significant others, have been employed in a variety of settings and in several languages. This paper focuses on adapting the SOGS for use in various cultures(More)
Seventy-two pathological gambling patients were followed-up after treatment in a combined alcohol, substance abuse and compulsive gambling treatment program. The Addiction Severity Index (modified for use with pathological gamblers) was used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Patients reduced their intake of alcohol, other drugs and their gambling(More)
A total of 105 patients admitted to a psychiatric admissions service for adults were screened for pathological gambling using the South Oaks Gambling Screen, a valid, reliable instrument for identification of this disorder. Seven of the 105 patients were identified as pathological gamblers, and ten were children of problem gamblers, rates that are higher(More)
The Alcoholism, Chemical Dependency and Compulsive Gambling Services at South Oaks Hospital (a 334-bed private psychiatric facility in Amityville, New York) are discussed. Psychodrama and other group methods are integral parts of the program the interdisciplinary treatment team, headed by a psychiatrist, includes addiction counsellors. Outpatient continuing(More)
  • S B Blume
  • The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse
  • 1990
This paper touches upon several important issues in our current understanding of alcohol and other drug use and abuse by women. Societal attitudes as both protective and destructive forces are discussed. Recent findings relating to physiology and psychopathology are also discussed in relation to casefinding and treatment. Finally, a number of current(More)
Both pathological gambling and the eating disorders have been conceptualized as addictive diseases, comparable to alcoholism and other drug dependencies. This paper briefly reviews both pathological gambling and the eating disorders, stressing their epidemiology and their overlap with psychoactive substance use and other psychiatric disorders. Common(More)
Patients in an alcoholism and drug dependency treatment facility were questioned about their gambling behavior in order to find out what percentage of them were abusing alcohol and/or drugs and gambling. In order to do this, a pathological gambling signs index was constructed according to a modification of DSM III criteria and validated using independent(More)
The medical model as a conceptual and operative approach to compulsive gambling is discussed. The terms “medical model” and “disease” are defined and the practical implications of their application to compulsive gambling are explored. Special attention is given to the “addictive disease” concept. Finally, a variety of objections to the medical model are(More)