Are we overpathologizing everyday life? A tenable blueprint for behavioral addiction research

@article{Billieux2015AreWO,
  title={Are we overpathologizing everyday life? A tenable blueprint for behavioral addiction research},
  author={Jo{\"e}l Billieux and Adriano Schimmenti and Yasser Khazaal and Pierre Maurage and Alexandre Heeren},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Addictions},
  year={2015},
  volume={4},
  pages={119 - 123}
}
Background Behavioral addiction research has been particularly flourishing over the last two decades. However, recent publications have suggested that nearly all daily life activities might lead to a genuine addiction. Methods and aim In this article, we discuss how the use of atheoretical and confirmatory research approaches may result in the identification of an unlimited list of “new” behavioral addictions. Results Both methodological and theoretical shortcomings of these studies were… 

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