A general theory of addictions: A new theoretical model

  • author:

    Durand F. Jacobs
  • published in

    : 1986
  • summary

    : A general theory of addictions is proposed, using the compulsive gambler as the prototype. Addiction is defined as a dependent state acquired over time to relieve stress. Two interrelated sets of factors predispose persons to addictions: an abnormal physiological resting state, and childhood experiences producing a deep sense of inadequacy. All addictions are hypothesized to follow a similar three-stage course. A matrix strategy is outlined to collect similar information from different kinds of addicts and normals. The ultimate objective is to identify high risk youth and prevent the development of addictions.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer Netherlands
  • is part of a publication

    : Journal of Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 2
  • issue

    : 1
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 15 - end page: 31
  • keywords

    : addiction , theoretical model , theory
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