Criteria for the establishment of a new behavioural addiction

Gullo, Matthew J. and Wood, Andrew P. and Saunders, John B. (2022) Criteria for the establishment of a new behavioural addiction. JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL ADDICTIONS, 11 (2). pp. 191-198. ISSN 2062-5871 (print); 2063-5303 (online)

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When does repeated behaviour constitute behavioural addiction? There has been considerable debate about non-substance-related addictions and how to determine when impaired control over a behaviour is addiction. There are public health benefits to identifying new behavioural addictions if intervention can improve outcomes. However, criteria for establishing new behavioural addictions must guard against diagnostic inflation and the pathologizing of normal problems of living. Criteria should include clinical relevance (Criterion 1), alignment with addiction phenomenology (Criterion 2) and theory (Criterion 3), and taxonomic plausibility (Criterion 4). Against such criteria, evidence does not yet support classification of pornography-use and buying-shopping disorders as addictions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Zsolt Baráth
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2023 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 09:06

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