If you answered between 1 and 2 questions with “yes” this result is consistent with a mild risk for a gambling problem, but does not meet a clinical diagnosis of pathological gambling.
If you answered between 3 and 4 questions with a “yes” this result is consistent with past or present problem gambling, which is generally less serious than the clinical diagnosis of pathological gambling.
If you answered 5 or more questions with a “yes” this result is consistent with a likely diagnosis of pathological gambling.
It is important to note that this self assessment is not a diagnosis and DOES NOT replace a face to face evaluation with a trained clinical professional. If you or someone you know answers “yes” to ANY of these questions, please consider seeking further assistance or information about your gambling behavior.
To find additional information on problem gambling, or to seek assistance in dealing with gambling problems, there are a number of resources available:
About the screen:
The NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Problems-Self-Administered (NODS-SA) was developed by staff from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The instrument is a modification of the NODS, a diagnostic instrument based on the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV criteria for Pathological Gambling. Please note that while the NODS has been tested and shown to be reliable and valid for use in the general population (see Gerstein, et al. 1999), the NODS-SA has not yet been fully validated.
Gerstein D, Hoffmann J, Larison C, et al. 1999. Gambling impact and behavior study: report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. NORC. Available at http://www.norc.org/PDFs/publications/GIBSFinalReportApril1999.pdf.