Special Issue "Recent Research on the Transdiagnostic Risk Factors and Mechanisms in Substance and Behavioral Addictions"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andrew (Hyounsoo) Kim
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
Interests: behavioral and substance addictions; concurrent disorders; transdiagnostic mechanisms of addictions
Dr. Matthew Keough
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, York University, 4700 Keele St., North York, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
Interests: addictive behaviours; emerging adulthood; anxiety; depression; integrated treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Behavioral addictions were officially recognized as psychiatric disorders with the publication of the DSM-5 and ICD-11. In recent years, there has been a scope creep in behavioral addictions, with more and more everyday behaviors being conceptualized as “addictions” without strong empirical support. Within this context, we are pleased to announce this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IF: 3.390, MDPI). The aim of the Special Issue is to generate and collate recent research on the transdiagnostic risk factors and mechanisms of well-established and putative behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, gaming, compulsive buying/shopping disorder, food addiction, compulsive sexual behaviors/hypersexuality, work, and problematic internet use). Specifically, the issue aims to determine the shared transdiagnostic risk factors and mechanisms within behavioral addictions, in comparison to substance-use disorders. All submissions that are in line with the aims of the Special Issue are welcome. Preference will be given to mechanistic research, case-control studies, longitudinal research, and experimental studies including neuroimaging studies. Systematic reviews are also encouraged. The deadline for submission to the Special Issue is 30 November 2021. We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions regarding the scope of the Special Issue, please email the guest editors.

Dr. Andrew (Hyounsoo) Kim
Dr. Matthew Keough
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • behavioral addictions
  • transdiagnostic
  • risk factors
  • mechanisms
  • substance Use
  • case-control
  • longitudinal
  • systematic reviews

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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