Sometimes someone else’s gambling can affect the health and well-being of others. The gambling behaviour is often hidden and unexpected, while its effects can be confusing, stressful and long-lasting. To help us identify if this is a factor in your own well-being could you answer the questions below to the best of your ability.
- Do you think you have been affected by someone else's gambling?
- No, never (you need not continue further)
- I don't know for sure
- Yes, in the past
- Yes, that's happening to me now
- How would you describe the effect of that person's gambling on you now? (identify one or more)
- I'm uncertain
- I worry about it sometimes
- I am nervous about it
- It is affecting my health
- It is hard to talk with anyone about it
- I am concerned about my or my family's safety
- It doesn't affect me anymore
- When I think about it, gambling has sometimes caused me problems. (identify one or more)
- I would like some information
- I would like to talk about it in confidence with someone
- I would like some support or help
- Nothing at this stage
This is an awareness-raising questionnaire that allows a person affected by another's gambling to indicate what assistance they desire. Problem gambling centres work with the person affected by gambling as fully and seriously as the gamblers themselves.
- A 'Yes' to any one of the last three responses to the first question identifies that the person may be adversely affected by another's gambling.
- Question two provides an opportunity for the person to think of ways in which they are currently affected by the gambling of someone close to them.
- Responses to question three can be followed up as necessary through contacting one of our centres.
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COGS (Concerned Others' Gambling Screen)
Developed by Dr Sean Sullivan, Abacus Counselling & Training Services Ltd, www.acts.co.nz