Problematic Use of the Mobile Phone: A Literature Review and a Pathways Model

  title={Problematic Use of the Mobile Phone: A Literature Review and a Pathways Model},
  author={Jo{\"e}l Billieux},
  journal={Current Psychiatry Reviews},
  • J. Billieux
  • Published 31 October 2012
  • Psychology
  • Current Psychiatry Reviews
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