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Behavioral addictions - a social science perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0976-857X
2018 (English)In: General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovations, E-ISSN 2397-5237, Vol. 3, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This conceptual review and analysis discusses the development of the addiction concept, a development that entails a marked expansion of what is considered to constitute an addiction. During the last decade, following the introduction of DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, APA 2013) [1] and the opening up of new terrains, many bad habits and behavioral problems are in the process of being transferred to and renamed as addictions, endorsing a continued or rather reinforced medicalization of social problems. In this paper a social science viewpoint is suggested as a more appropriate perspective on these matters.

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2018. Vol. 3, no 2
Keywords [en]
behavioral addiction, social problem, conceptual development, review, medicalization, habituation
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-159714DOI: 10.15761/GIMCI.1000159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-159714DiVA, id: diva2:1245082
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-02239Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, FSK15-0896:1Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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