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Considering the Definition of Addiction
AbstractThe definition of addiction is explored. Elements of addiction derived from a literature search that uncovered 52 studies include: (a) engagement in the behavior to achieve appetitive effects, (b) preoccupation with the behavior, (c) temporary satiation, (d) loss of control, and (e) suffering negative consequences. Differences from compulsions are suggested. While there is some debate on what is intended by the elements of addictive behavior, we conclude that these five constituents provide a reasonable understanding of what is intended by the concept. Conceptual challenges for future research are mentioned.
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Sussman, S.; Sussman, A.N. Considering the Definition of Addiction. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 4025-4038.View more citation formats
Sussman S, Sussman AN. Considering the Definition of Addiction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2011; 8(10):4025-4038.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sussman, Steve; Sussman, Alan N. 2011. "Considering the Definition of Addiction." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 8, no. 10: 4025-4038.