The division on addiction's BBGS e-Screener and intervention system
Recognizing gambling-related problems
Brief screens can help people decide whether to seek formal evaluation of their gambling behavior. You can find one recent screen, the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)*, below. The 3-item BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling. Following the BBGS, please indicate how you feel right now about your gambling by clicking below the statement that best describes your feelings.
|During the past 12 months...||Yes||No|
|have you become restless irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?|
|have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?|
|did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare?|
Readiness to reduce gambling behavior
|Please select the option that best describes how you feel right now:|
|I never think about my gambling.|
|Sometimes I think about gambling less.|
|I have decided to gamble less.|
|I am already trying to cut back on my gambling.|
|I changed my gambling. I now do not gamble, or gamble less than before.|
* Gebauer, L., LaBrie, R. A., Shaffer, H. J. (2010). Optimizing DSM IV classification accuracy: a brief bio-social screen for detecting current gambling disorders among gamblers in the general household population. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry , 55(2), 82-90.