The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS): a new instrument for the identification of pathological gamblers.

  title={The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS): a new instrument for the identification of pathological gamblers.},
  author={Henry R. Lesieur and Sheila B. Blume},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={144 9},
  • H. Lesieur, S. Blume
  • Published 1 September 1987
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American journal of psychiatry
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 Gamblers Anonymous, 384 university students, and 152 hospital employees. Independent validation by family members and counselors was obtained for… Expand
Concordance between the SOGS-RA and the DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling among youth.
Assessment of the possible differences in the classification of adolescent gamblers when using the South Oaks Gambling Screen-Revised for Adolescents versus a clinical interview based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for pathological gambling revealed that only 7 adolescents could be clinically confirmed as pathological gamblers according to the criteria used at present to define pathological gambling. Expand
The South Oaks Gambling Screen: A Review with Reference to Australian Use
The origins and psychometric development of the SOGS are described and an alternative approach to the development of an instrument to detect people who have problems in relation to gambling is proposed. Expand
Altering the DSM-III criteria for pathological gambling
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Following a critique and revision of the diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling in DSM-III, a field trial of the revised criteria was conducted. Four groups of individuals (762 in all) wereExpand
Comparisons between the South Oaks Gambling Screen and a DSM-IV—Based Interview in a Community Survey of Problem Gambling
SOGS items show a high degree of association with the DSM-IV clinical symptoms of pathological gambling, but the DSM’s cut-off of 5 symptoms is more conservative in defining gambling problems. Expand
The Performance of Two Pathological Gambling Screens in College Students
The results of this study suggest that although neither measure is perfect in identifying PG college students, the SOGS is a more appropriate measure for screening purposes. Expand
Evaluating the South Oaks Gambling Screen With DSM-IV and DSM-5 Criteria
This work examines the relationship between SOGS scores and PG symptoms and convergent validity with regard to personality, mood, and addictive behaviors in a sample of 353 gamblers and recommends a cut point of 10 for uses with DSM-IV criteria and a cutpoint of 12 for prevalence and pseudo-experimental studies. Expand
Pathological gambling among adolescents: Massachusetts Gambling Screen (MAGS)
The results provided evidence that weighted item scores could correctly classify 96% of adolescent gamblers as pathological, in transition or non-pathological when DSM-IV criteria were employed as the conceptual referent. Expand
Using the Rasch model to evaluate the South Oaks Gambling Screen for use with nonpathological gamblers.
A six-item version of the South Oaks Gambling Screen is derived using methods from item response theory and results in five levels of discrimination and the following interpretation: a score of 1 reveals potential for problems; 2 reveals likely problem gambling; 3 or 4 items endorsed represent significant levels of problems noticeable by others; while 5 or 6 represents severe problems with significant financial involvement. Expand
Reliability, Validity and Classification Accuracy of the South Oaks Gambling Screen in a Brazilian Sample
The SOGS was found to be reliable and valid in the Brazilian population and a cut-off score of eight improved classification accuracy and reduced the rate of false positives. Expand
Validation of the Gambling Disorder Screening Questionnaire, a self-administered diagnostic questionnaire for gambling disorder based on the DSM-5 criteria.
The GDSQ can be considered a useful screening test for Gambling Disorder and confirms the improved diagnostic accuracy of the criteria listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, compared to the previous edition. Expand


Alcoholism, drug abuse, and gambling.
Gambling by siblings, alcoholism in the father, gambling prior to age 20, greater amounts of gambling for more money, and "chasing losses in order to get even" were positively correlated with the index. Expand
The impact of pathological gambling on the spouse of the gambler
The present investigation focused on the spouses of compulsive gamblers and attempted to obtain baseline information on their personal characteristics, family backgrounds, as well as informationExpand
Pathological gambling among high school students.
The pathological gambling signs index was found to be correlated with sex, parental gambling problems, grade average, and the extent of gambling by the student. Expand
Affective disorders among pathological gamblers seeking treatment.
Clinical impressions and psychological testing suggest that pathological gamblers demonstrate a high incidence of affective disorders and patients admitted successively to the gambling treatment program of a VA hospital displayed suicidal tendencies. Expand
The chase: Career of the compulsive gambler
In many barrooms, poolrooms, bowling alleys, and casinos, and at many golf courses and race tracks, there are groups of men who engage in seemingly illogical behavior. They "chase." That is, theyExpand
A survey of pathological gamblers in the state of Ohio
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