Direct Questioning

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People are often unwilling to admit that they have a gambling problem (or simply don’t know that gambling can BE a problem). Asking the right questions can help to determine if a gambling problem may be present.

Diagnostic screening tools to identify problem gambling use direct questioning, which consists of asking closed “yes” or “no” questions.

The use of direct questioning in this fashion aims to:

    • Normalize problem gambling as an issue; and
    • Introduce the topic of problem gambling in a non-confrontational, non-personalized manner; and
    • Ensure that all clients are screened for problem gambling.1

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