Behavioural addiction and substance addiction should be defined by their similarities not their dissimilarities

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Behavioural addiction and substance addiction should be defined by their similarities not their dissimilarities. Addiction, 112 (10), pp. 1718-1720. ISSN 0965-2140

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addiction
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: October 2017
Volume: 112
Number: 10
ISSN: 0965-2140
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1111/add.13828DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Apr 2017 10:29
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 15:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30516

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