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What is Addiction Assessment

Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
Diagnostic criteria for screening addictive smartphone use.
Published in Chapter:
Mobile Phone Addiction
Louis Leung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) and Jingwen Liang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch053
This article reviews the literature on mobile phone addiction, the excessive use of mobile phone technology, which is an impulse control disorder with negative social and psychological consequences. It provides a clear definition of mobile phone addiction, along with its theoretical origin, diagnostic criteria for assessment, and an identification of the symptoms and consequences of addictive behavior. More importantly, it summarizes key predictors of this addictive behavior from a psychosocial perspective. The article also points out potential relationships between mobile phone addiction and other social behaviors. Finally, it discusses limitations of the assessment criteria for mobile phone addiction and makes suggestions for future research.
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