Amaç: Bu makalede, 26 maddelik bir kalem, kağıt ölçeği olan ve yurtdışında patolojik kumarbazların belirlenmesinde yaygın olarak kullanılan South Oaks Kumar Tarama Testi/SOKTT'nin (South Oaks Gambling Screen-SOGS) ülkemizdeki güvenirlik ve geçerliğinin incelendiği iki ayrı çalışma rapor edilmiştir. Yöntem: Her iki çalışmada da DSM-IV patolojik kumar ölçütlerine göre patolojik kumar tanısı konmuş denekler, kumar oynamalarına rağmen bu tanıyı karşılamayan deneklerle karşılaştırılmıştır. Bulgular: SOKTT'nin puanlamaya dahil edilen 20 maddesinden 17'sinin kültürümüzde patolojik kumar sorunu olanları olmayanlardan ayırt ettiği görülürken, çalışmadığı belirlenen üç madde ölçekten çıkartılarak yerine kültürümüze özgü iki yeni madde eklenmiştir. Yapılan analizler sonucunda SOKTT'nin Türkçe Formu kesme noktası 8 puan olan, 19 maddelik bir ölçek halini almıştır. Ondokuz maddelik SOKTT'nin iç-tutarlık katsayısı Cronbach alfa= .8772 ve test-tekrar-test korelasyonu r= .95 olarak bulunmuştur. Sonuç: Bu bulguların ışığında SOKTT'nin ülkemizde patolojik kumarbazların belirlenmesinde güvenilir ve geçerli bir ölçüm aracı olarak kullanılabileceğine karar verilmiştir.
Objective: The South Oaks Gambling Screen, a 20-item scale developed by Lesieur and Blume (1987), is widely used in identifying pathological gamblers. Two studies examining the reliability and validity of the Turkish Form of the South Oaks Gambling Screen, (SOGS) are reported. Method: In the first study 59 subjects, and in the second study 73 subjects-participated. The subjects were diagnosed as either pathological gamblers or non-pathological gamblers (comparison group) through the use of the DSM-IV criteria and were given the SOGS. In both studies, statistical analysis revealed no significant demographic differences between pathological gamblers and the subjects in the comparison group with respect to age, marital status, education, employment status and income level. In the second study, pathological and non-pathological gamblers did not differ significantly in their preferred forms of gambling. The two groups were also similar to one another in terms of their gambling frequencies. Results: Each item of the SOGS was analysed independently by chi-square analysis. Seventeen of the 20 original SOGS items were found to discriminate Turkish pathological gamblers from non-pathological gamblers. The three items that failed to discriminate pathological gamblers from non-pathological gamblers were replaced with two culturally relevant items. The cut off point for the 19-item Turkish Form of the SOGS that yielded the lowest false negative and false positive percentages (and thus has the highest sensitivity and specificity rates) was a score of 8. The pathological gamblers had SOGS scores almost 3 fold those, of the non-pathological group, and the difference between the two groups was significant. Both test-retest reliability (r= .95) and internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's Alpha= .8772) were found to be significantly high. Conclusion: It was concluded that the Turkish Form of the South Oaks Gambling Screen can be used as a reliable and valid instrument in identifying Turkish pathological gamblers.
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