GambleAware conducts study of the PGSI scale
GambleAware has recently published an independent assessment of the PGSI scale.
The PGSI is a well-known scale for determining the degree of harm experienced by a problem gambler involving nine questions concerning their playing behaviors. While it is used widely throughout the UK, it was not originally created as a clinical tool, meaning there is quite a bit of debate around the most optimal ways of utilizing it for its primary purpose. Gambling charity GambleAware sought to rectify this by commissioning market research firm Ipsos to conduct a study on the scale.
The analysis involved more than 21 thousand people from GambleAware’s annual gambling support survey conducted in 2020 and 2021. It found that while the scale has a few shortcomings, it is appropriate to continue utilizing it for its main purpose. The study revealed a steady correlation between the scale’s higher scores and higher levels of distress, making it an excellent tool for the integration of mental health support into gambling assistance plans.
The study also found that certain of the index’s questions have a higher likelihood of indicating more severe levels of distress than others, such as the ones concerning if a gambler has taken on debt to fund their behaviors or if they are experiencing any financial hardship due to the pastime. This has brought into question whether all of the index’s questions should be weighed equally or not.