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How can we conceptualize behavioural addiction without pathologizing common behaviours?
Kardefelt-Winther, Daniel; Heeren, Alexandre; Schimmenti, Adriano et al.
2017In Addiction, 112 (10), p. 1709-1715
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Keywords :
Behavioral Addiction; DSM-5
Abstract :
[en] Following the recent changes to the diagnostic category for addictive disorders in DSM-5, it is urgent to clarify what constitutes behavioural addiction to have a clear direction for future research and classification. However, in the years following the release of DSM-5, an expanding body of research has increasingly classified engagement in a wide range of common behaviours and leisure activities as possible behavioural addiction. If this expansion does not end, both the relevance and the credibility of the field of addictive disorders might be questioned, which may prompt a dismissive appraisal of the new DSM-5 subcategory for behavioural addiction. We propose an operational definition of behavioural addiction together with a number of exclusion criteria, to avoid pathologizing common behaviours and provide a common ground for further research. The definition and its exclusion criteria are clarified and justified by illustrating how these address a number of theoretical and methodological shortcomings that result from existing conceptualizations. We invite other researchers to extend our definition under an Open Science Foundation framework.
Disciplines :
Psychiatry
Author, co-author :
Kardefelt-Winther, Daniel
Heeren, Alexandre
Schimmenti, Adriano
van Rooij, Antonius
Maurage, Pierre
Carras, Michèle
Edman, Johan
Blaszczynski, Alexander
Khazaal, Yasser
Billieux, Joël ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
How can we conceptualize behavioural addiction without pathologizing common behaviours?
Publication date :
2017
Journal title :
Addiction
ISSN :
0965-2140
Publisher :
Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom
Volume :
112
Issue :
10
Pages :
1709-1715
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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