Adolescent Addiction

Adolescent Addiction

Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment

2nd Edition - March 1, 2020

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  • Editors: Cecilia Essau, Paul Delfabbro
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128193006
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186268

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Adolescent Addiction, Second Edition, offers researchers and clinicians a single-volume resource on the nature, extent and treatment of addictive problems in adolescents. The book is divided into three main parts. Part one addresses the foundations of addictive problems, including developmental, social, and neurobiologicl factors. Part two addresses common addictions among adolescents. New chapters include e-cigarette, smartphone, social networking, and exercise addiction. Part three discusses challenges and recommendations for future research in adolescent addiction. All chapters in part two follow a similar format to introduction and clinical characteristics, screening and clinical assessment methods, epidemiology, cormorbidity, course and outcome, protective and risk factors, evidence-based clinical strategies for prevention and treatment, and a concise summary of key clinical points.

Key Features

  • Introduces the foundations to understanding addiction.
  • Examines the epidemiology, comorbidity, course, and outcome of addictions.
  • Provides screening and clinical assessment methods.
  • Summarizes evidence-based clinical strategies for treatment.
  • Covers both substance addiction and behavioral addictions.
  • New chapters on e-cigarette, smartphone, internet, and exercise addiction.


Academics in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and public health; mental health professionals (including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychotherapists, pediatricians and general psychiatrists); social science researchers; graduate students

Table of Contents

  • PART I General issues

    1. Foundations of addictive problems in adolescents: Developmental and social factors

    Michèle Preyde, Jessica Furtado, Sarah Head, and Dennis Long

    2. Foundations of addictive problems in adolescents: Neurobiological factors

    Genevieve F. Dash, Kristine Rømer Thomsen, Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing, and Jennifer A. Silvers

    PART II Specific addictive problems

    3. Alcohol in adolescence

    Delyse Hutchinson, Samantha Teague, Katrina Champion, Cecilia A. Essau, and Nicola C. Newton

    4. Adolescent cannabis use disorders

    Janni Leung, Wayne Hall, and Louisa Degenhardt

    5. Nicotine and e-cigarettes addiction

    Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai, Suzaily Wahab, Nadzirah Ahmad Basri, and Cecilia A. Essau

    6. Adolescent gambling

    Paul Delfabbro and Daniel L. King

    7. Video game addiction

    Daniel King and Paul H. Delfabbro

    8. Smartphone addiction

    Chuong Hock Ting and Yoke Yong Chen

    9. Sexual addiction

    Steve Sussman and Jennifer Y. Tsai

    10. Exercise addiction

    Mia Beck Lichtenstein and Cecilie Juul Hinze

    PART III Implications for the future

    11. Comorbidity of addictive problems: Assessment and treatment implications

    Cecilia A. Essau

    12. Political and policy issues in adolescent addictions

    Paul H. Delfabbro, Paul McArdle, and Daniel L. King

Product details

  • No. of pages: 356
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 1, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128193006
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128186268

About the Editors

Cecilia Essau

Cecilia A. Essau is a Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Roehampton, UK where she is Director of Centre for Applied Research and Assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CARACAW). She received her PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany), and her “Habilitation” in Psychology (qualification for tenure-track professorships in Germany) from the University of Bremen (Germany). She is the first Iban woman to have received a PhD. Professor Essau has Visiting Chairs at numerous universities, including the Norman Munn Distinguished Visiting Scholar from Flinders University, and the Florey Medical Research Foundation Mental Health Visiting Professor from the University of Adelaide, Australia. In 2011, she was made Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her contribution to the field of Psychology. She is also Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Her research focuses on understanding factors that can lead young people to have serious emotional and behavioural problems and using this research to both enhance the assessment of childhood and adolescent psychopathology, and design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems. She is the author of 222 articles, and is the author/editor of 20 books in the area of youth mental health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Department of Psychology, Roehampton University, Whitelands College, London, UK

Paul Delfabbro

Paul graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Arts, Commerce and Economics and a PhD in psychology. He has published extensively in several areas, including the psychology of gambling, child protection and child welfare and applied cognition. He has over 300 publications in these areas including over 220 national and international refereed journal articles. His recent research interests in addiction have related to: the cross-over between gambling and gaming; the relationship between clinical co-morbidity and problem gambling; gambling-harm; the psychology of gaming machines and the behavioural indicators of problem gambling and harm.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

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