The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS): A rebuttal to critics


  • Blas_ Gambino Boston, Massachusetts, USA. E-mail: <email xlink:href=""></email>
  • Henry Lesieur Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, USA



construct validity, validation strategies, validity generalization, diagnostic criteria, pathological gambling, South Oaks Gambling Screen, SOGS


A review of the literature reveals strong support for the construct validity of interpretations based on scores obtained with the original and more recent versions and/or variants of the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). Criticisms of the SOGS are shown to lack merit, to be offset by more important criteria, or to be no longer relevant. The evidence reviewed indicates that the construct of pathological gambling as represented by the SOGS and its variants provides a robust definition and implies that the SOGS meets the important criterion of validity generalization. The construct of chasing and behaviors related to chasing is shown to provide powerful measures by which to discriminate between the presence and absence of pathological gambling. The viability of the SOGS to continue to make important contributions to the understanding of pathological gambling is discussed in terms of the criteria for selecting a research instrument.






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