Special Issue "Vulnerable Populations: Substance and Behavioral Addictions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2021).
Interests: substance and behavioral addictions; translation research
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We are organizing a Special Issue on “Vulnerable Populations: Substance and Behavioral Addictions” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.
This Special Issue invites both empirical papers and systematic or scoping reviews on the prevalence, co-occurrence, and associates of both substance and behavioral addictions among vulnerable populations. That is, the populations of interest are those uniquely impacted by the pushes (stresses) and pulls (seductions) of lifestyle factors that facilitate addiction. Addiction here is defined as recurrent appetitive effect-related behavior, about which one experiences preoccupation, loss of control, and their undesired or negative consequences. For example, one may consider low-income populations as being vulnerable to addiction to certain substances and behaviors that are inexpensive and widely accessible. People may drink perfumes or home-made alcoholic beverages in some countries, attend local gambling establishments with fantasies of winning out of poverty, or even engage in both of these two addictions concurrently. Manuscripts are already in the works pertaining to transgender youth and adults, indigenous peoples, South African treatment service users, those who experienced adverse childhood experiences, and Pacific Islanders. Types of addictions that might be considered are numerous but could include tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, food, gambling, internet and other electronic media, love, sex, workaholism, shopping, and exercise.
Prof. Dr. Steve Sussman
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Substance addictions
- Behavioral addictions
- Vulnerable populations
- Addiction prevalence
- Addiction co-occurrence
- Predictors and correlates of addiction