Preliminary validity and reliability testing of a structured clinical interview for pathological gambling

Jon E. Grant, Marvin A. Steinberg, Suck Won Kim, Bruce J. Rounsaville, Marc N. Potenza

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The psychometric properties of a clinician-administered, DSM-IV-based, structured clinical interview for pathological gambling (SCI-PG) were examined. Seventy-two consecutive subjects requesting treatment for gambling problems were administered the SCI-PG. Reliability and validity were determined. Classification accuracy was examined using longitudinal course of illness. The SCI-PG demonstrated excellent inter-rater and test-retest reliability. Concurrent validity was observed with the South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS). Discriminant validity was observed with measures of anxiety and depression. The SCI-PG demonstrated both high sensitivity and specificity based on longitudinal assessment. The SCI-PG demonstrated excellent reliability and validity in diagnosing PG in subjects presenting with gambling problems. These findings require replication in other groups to examine their generalizability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 30 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported was supported in part by GlaxoSmithKline and Oy Contral Pharma.

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Diagnosis
  • Impulse control
  • Pathological gambling
  • Structured clinical interview


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