Attachment and emotion regulation in substance addictions and behavioral addictions

Estévez, A., Jáuregui, P., Sánchez-Marcos, I., López-González, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-1249-2623 and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Attachment and emotion regulation in substance addictions and behavioral addictions. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6 (4), pp. 534-544. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

Background
Risky behaviors have been related to emotional regulation and attachment, which may constitute risk factors for developing an addictive behavior. However, there may also be differences between substance and non-substance-related addictions.
Aims
This study aimed to examine the relationship of emotional regulation and attachment, with substance (alcohol and drug abuse), and non-substance-related addictions (gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use) in adolescents and emerging adults. The study also aimed to examine gender differences for such predictors.
Methods
The sample comprised 472 students aged 13–21 years recruited from high schools and vocational education centers.
Results
Findings demonstrated that emotion regulation was predictive of all addictive behaviors assessed in this study (alcohol and drug abuse, gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use), whereas attachment predicted non-substance-related addictions (gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use). In addition, gender differences were found, with females scoring significantly higher in maternal and peer attachment, whereas males scored significantly higher in gambling disorder and video game addiction.
Conclusion
The findings may be useful for preventive and clinical interventions conducted with youth regarding addictive behaviors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Estévez, A., Jáuregui, P., Sánchez-Marcos, I., López-González, H. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: 2017
Volume: 6
Number: 4
ISSN: 2062-5871
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1556/2006.6.2017.086DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Feb 2018 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 08:48
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32757

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