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Acción Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Colombiana de Psicología     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Comportamentalia     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta de Investigación Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Psychologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Activités     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Actualidades en Psicologia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ad verba Liberorum : Journal of Linguistics & Pedagogy & Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Addictive Behaviors Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
ADHD Report The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Experimental Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
Advances in Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
Advances in Physiotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
Advances in Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 56)
Advances in the Study of Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
African Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Sport Facilitation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Aggression and Violent Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 390)
Aggressive Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Ágora - studies in psychoanalytic theory     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aletheia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Behavioral Scientist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Applied Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 33)
American Journal of Community Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
American Journal of Health Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
American Journal of Psychoanalysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
American Journal of Psychotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
American Psychologist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 163)
Anales de Psicología     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Análise Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Análisis y Modificación de Conducta     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Annual Review of Clinical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 66)
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Annual Review of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 196)
Anuario de Psicología / The UB Journal of Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anuario de Psicología Jurídica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Applied and Preventive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Applied Cognitive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Applied Neuropsychology : Adult     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Applied Neuropsychology : Child     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Applied Psychological Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Applied Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 126)
Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Archives of Scientific Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Arquivos Brasileiros de Psicologia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asia-Pacific Psychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian American Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Asian Journal of Business Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Assessment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
At-Tajdid : Jurnal Ilmu Tarbiyah     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Attention, Perception & Psychophysics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Australian Journal of Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Australian Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Autism Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Autism Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Autism's Own     Open Access  
Autism-Open Access     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Avaliação Psicológica     Open Access  
Avances en Psicologia Latinoamericana     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Balint Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Barbaroi     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Behavior Analysis in Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Behavior Analyst     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Behavior Modification     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Behavior Research Methods     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Behavior Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Behavioral Development Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription  
Behavioral Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Behavioral Neuroscience     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
Behavioral Sciences & the Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Behavioral Sleep Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Behaviour Research and Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 110)
Behavioural Processes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Biofeedback     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
BioPsychoSocial Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
BMC Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Boletim Academia Paulista de Psicologia     Open Access  
Boletim de Psicologia     Open Access  
Brain Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Clinical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 123)
British Journal of Developmental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 35)
British Journal of Educational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
British Journal of Health Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
British Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 56)
British Journal of Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
British Journal of Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Burnout Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Cadernos de psicanálise (Rio de Janeiro)     Open Access  
Cadernos de Psicologia Social do Trabalho     Open Access  
Canadian Art Therapy Association     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Canadian Psychology / Psychologie canadienne     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Cendekia : Jurnal Kependidikan dan Kemasyarakatan     Open Access  
Child Development Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Child Development Research     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Ciencia Cognitiva     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access  
Ciências & Cognição     Open Access  
Ciencias Psicológicas     Open Access  
Clínica y Salud     Open Access  
Clinical Medicine Insights : Psychiatry     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Clinical Psychological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Clinical Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 67)
Clinical Psychology and Special Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Clinical Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Coaching Psykologi - The Danish Journal of Coaching Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cogent Psychology     Open Access  
Cógito     Open Access  
Cognition & Emotion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Cognitive Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Cognitive Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58)
Consciousness and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Construção Psicopedagógica     Open Access  
Consulting Psychology Journal : Practice and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contagion : Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Contemporary Educational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Contemporary School Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Contextos Clínicos     Open Access  
Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Counseling Psychologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research : Linking research with practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Counselling and Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Counselling Psychology Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Couple and Family Psychoanalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Couple and Family Psychology : Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Creativity Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Creativity. Theories - Research - Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Criminal Justice Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Cuadernos de Neuropsicología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos de Psicologia del Deporte     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Psicopedagogía     Open Access  
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Cultural-Historical Psychology     Open Access  
Culturas Psi     Open Access  
Culture and Brain     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Current Addiction Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Current Directions In Psychological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Opinion in Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Current Psychological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Current Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Current psychology letters     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Current Research in Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Decision     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Depression and Anxiety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Depression Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Developmental Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Developmental Psychobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Developmental Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 44)
Diagnostica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Dialectica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Discourse     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Diversitas: Perspectivas en Psicologia     Open Access  
Drama Therapy Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Dreaming     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Drogues, santé et société     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
E-Journal of Applied Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Ecopsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
ECOS - Estudos Contemporâneos da Subjetividade     Open Access  
Educational Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
Educazione sentimentale     Full-text available via subscription  
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Elpis - Czasopismo Teologiczne Katedry Teologii Prawosławnej Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku     Open Access  
Emotion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
Emotion Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enseñanza e Investigacion en Psicologia     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Escritos de Psicología : Psychological Writings     Open Access   (Followers: 2)

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Journal Cover Current Addiction Reports
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   ISSN (Online) 2196-2952
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2341 journals]
  • Psychiatric Co-Morbidities in Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders:
           Prevalence, Impact, and Implications for Treatment
    • Authors: Camila L. Arnaudo; Barbara Andraka-Christou; Kacy Allgood
      Abstract: Purpose of Review This review seeks to investigate three questions: What is the prevalence of comorbid psychiatric diagnoses among pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD)' How do comorbid psychiatric illnesses impact pregnant women with OUD' And how do comorbid psychiatric illnesses affect the ability of pregnant women with OUD to adhere to and complete OUD treatment' Recent Findings Based on this literature review, 25–33% of pregnant women with OUD have a psychiatric comorbidity, with depression and anxiety being especially common. However, of the 17 studies reviewed only 5 have prevalence rates of dual diagnosis in pregnant women with OUD as their primary outcome measures, their N’s were typically small, methods for determining psychiatric diagnosis were variable, and many of the studies were undertaken with women presenting for treatment which carries with its implicit selection bias. Of the women enrolled in treatment programs for SUD, those with psychiatric comorbidity were more likely to have impaired psychological and family/social functioning than those without psychiatric comorbidity. Greater severity of comorbid psychiatric illness appears to predict poorer adherence to treatment, but more research is needed to clarify this relationship with the psychiatric illness is less severe. Summary While cooccurrence of psychiatric disorders in pregnant women with opioid use disorder appears to be common, large population-based studies with validated diagnostic tools and longitudinal assessments are needed to obtain definitive rates and characteristics of cooccurring illnesses. Integrated prenatal, addiction, and psychiatric treatment in a setting that provides social support to pregnant patients with OUD is most effective in maintaining women in treatment. More research is still needed to identify optimal treatment settings, therapy modalities, and medication management for dually diagnosed pregnant women with OUD.
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-017-0132-4
  • Traits and Biomarkers for Addiction Risk in Schizophrenia
    • Authors: Karolina Kozak; Mera S. Barr; Tony P. George
      Abstract: Purpose The most common addictions in schizophrenia include tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, stimulants/recreational drugs, and gambling. This review discusses the multifactorial risk factors for addictions in people with schizophrenia. Findings Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain addiction comorbidity in schizophrenia, and potential biomarkers conferring addiction risk in patients have been identified (e.g., catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1 (AKT1), cortical inhibition, working memory). Neurotransmitter systems including dopaminergic, glutamatergic, and GABAergic pathways are associated with the pathophysiology of both schizophrenia and addictions. Summary Developing effective treatments for schizophrenia and comorbid addictions is warranted and should involve further studies of neurobiological underpinnings of addiction risk in schizophrenia.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-017-0130-6
  • What Is Trained During Food Go/No-Go Training' A Review Focusing on
           Mechanisms and a Research Agenda
    • Authors: Harm Veling; Natalia S. Lawrence; Zhang Chen; Guido M. van Koningsbruggen; Rob W. Holland
      Abstract: Purpose of Review During food go/no-go training, people consistently withhold responses toward no-go food items. We discuss how food go/no-go training may change people’s behavior toward no-go food items by comparing three accounts: (a) the training strengthens ‘top-down’ inhibitory control over food-related responses, (b) the training creates automatic ‘bottom-up’ associations between no-go food items and stopping responses, and (c) the training leads to devaluation of no-go food items. Recent Findings Go/no-go training can reduce intake of food and choices for food and facilitate short-term weight loss. It appears unlikely that food go/no-go training strengthens top-down inhibitory control. There is some evidence suggesting the training could create automatic stop associations. There is strong evidence suggesting go/no-go training reduces evaluations of no-go food items. Summary Food go/no-go training can change behavior toward food and evaluation of food items. To advance knowledge, more research is needed on the underlying mechanisms of the training, the role of attention during go/no-go training, and on when effects generalize to untrained food items.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-017-0131-5
  • Psychopharmacology of Tobacco and Alcohol Comorbidity: a Review of Current
    • Authors: Sally Adams
      Abstract: Purpose of the Review Comorbidity of alcohol and tobacco use is highly prevalent and may exacerbate the health effects of either substance alone. However, the mechanisms underlying this comorbidity are not well understood. This review will examine the evidence for shared neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol and nicotine comorbidity and experimental studies of the behavioural consequences of these interactions. Recent Findings Studies examining the shared neurobiology of alcohol and nicotine have identified two main mechanisms of comorbidity: (1) cross-reinforcement via the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and (2) cross-tolerance via shared genetic and nAChR interaction. Animal and human psychopharmacological studies demonstrate support for these two mechanisms of comorbidity. Summary Human behavioural studies indicate that (1) alcohol and tobacco potentiate each other’s rewarding effects and (2) nicotine reduces the sedative and intoxication effects of alcohol. Together, these findings provide a strong evidence base to support the role of the cross-reinforcement and cross-tolerance as mechanisms underlying the comorbidity of alcohol and tobacco use. Methodological concerns in the literature and recommendations for future studies are discussed alongside implications for treatment of comorbid alcohol and tobacco use.
      PubDate: 2017-02-18
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-017-0129-z
  • Gambling Disorder in the DSM-5: Opportunities to Improve Diagnosis and
           Treatment Especially in Substance Use and Homeless Populations
    • Authors: Carla J. Rash; Nancy M. Petry
      Pages: 249 - 253
      Abstract: Purpose of review This paper reviews recent research related to the revisions of the gambling disorder (GD) criteria, including the elimination of the illegal acts criterion and the lowered diagnostic threshold. Recent findings Studies suggest that the removal of the illegal acts criterion has little impact in terms of prevalence or loss of diagnostic status among gamblers, especially when considered in combination with the lowered diagnostic threshold. Overall, prevalence rates will increase modestly with the lowered threshold in community samples of gamblers. However, increases in GD prevalence rates may be more notable in settings that serve individuals at higher risk for gambling problems (e.g., substance abuse treatment clinics and homeless persons). Summary Changes to the GD diagnostic criteria may lead to increased recognition of gambling problems, particularly in settings that serve high-risk populations. These changes also may necessitate the training of more clinicians in the delivery of efficacious gambling treatments.
      PubDate: 2016-07-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0112-0
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2016)
  • Populations at Risk for a Gambling Disorder: Older Adults
    • Authors: Katelyn M. Thompson; Dennis P. McNeilly
      Pages: 275 - 279
      Abstract: Purpose of review Older adults who gamble are a population of concern, yet older adult problem gambling remains a topic of limited examination. This article seeks to critically evaluate the existing older adult problem gambling literature. Recent findings Recent literature uses generational comparisons to predict gambling behaviors of those newest to older adulthood, the Baby Boomers. These studies indicate that Baby Boomers participate in gambling activities at a higher rate than previous generations and that they may be further negatively impacted as access to gambling expands. Prevalence rates of problem gambling vary across countries suggesting that culture influences perceptions of gambling for older adults. While poorer health outcomes have also been associated with problem gambling, positive effects of gambling on cognition have also been suggested. Summary Finally, the authors offer personal observations and hypothetical discussion about these research implications and emphasize the need for better awareness, screening, and study of gambling disorders among older adults.
      PubDate: 2016-07-02
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0107-x
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2016)
  • Sex Effects of Marijuana on Brain Structure and Function
    • Authors: Ariel Ketcherside; Jessica Baine; Francesca Filbey
      Pages: 323 - 331
      Abstract: Background Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the primary ingredient in marijuana, exerts its effects across several neurological and biological systems that interact with the endocrine system. Thus, differential effects of Δ9-THC are likely to exist based on sex and hormone levels. Methods We reviewed the existing literature to determine sex-based effects of Δ9-THC on neural structure and functioning. Results The literature demonstrates differences in male and female marijuana users on brain structure, reward processing, attention, motor coordination, and sensitivity to withdrawal. However, inconsistencies exist in the literature regarding how marijuana affects men and women differentially, and more work is needed to understand these mechanisms. While extant literature remains inconclusive, differentiation between male and female marijuana users is likely due to neurological sexual dimorphism and differential social factors at play during development and adulthood. Conclusions Sex has important implications for marijuana use and the development of cannabis use disorders and should be considered in the development of prevention and treatment strategies.
      PubDate: 2016-07-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0114-y
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2016)
  • Personality-Targeted Interventions for Substance Use and Misuse
    • Abstract: Purpose of Review Personality factors have been implicated in risk for substance use disorders through longitudinal and neurobiologic studies for over four decades. Only recently, however, have targeted interventions been developed to assist individuals with personality risk factors for substance use disorders manage their risk. This article reviews current practices in personality-targeted interventions and the eight randomised trials examining the efficacy of such approaches with respect to reducing and preventing substance use and misuse. Recent Findings Results indicate a moderate mean effect size for personality-targeted approaches across several different substance use outcomes and intervention settings and formats. Conclusions Personality-targeted interventions offer several advantages over traditional substance use interventions, particularly when attempting to prevent development of problems in high-risk individuals or when addressing concurrent mental health problems in brief interventions.
      PubDate: 2016-11-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0127-6
  • Neurobiology of Disordered Gambling
    • Authors: Jon E. Grant
      Abstract: Background Gambling disorder affects 0.4 to 1.9 % of adults worldwide and is commonly associated with significant psychosocial dysfunction. Methods This article provides a concise primer on recent research examining the neurobiological underpinnings of gambling disorder. Results Although impulsivity has been seen as one cognitive component underlying gambling disorder, compulsivity may be equally important to examine. Although causality remains elusive, structural and functional neuroimaging data suggest dysfunction in top-down executive control in gambling disorder. Recent twin research suggests that gambling disorder may have genetic links to both gambling and to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Conclusions Understanding the neurobiology of gambling disorder may lead to improved treatment approaches.
      PubDate: 2016-10-27
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0119-6
  • Cannabis Use and Psychiatric Disorders: Implications for Mental Health and
           Addiction Treatment
    • Authors: Mariana P. Halah; Michelle P. Zochniak; Mera S. Barr; Tony P. George
      Abstract: Purpose Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug with high prevalence, especially in adolescent and psychiatric populations. Cannabis use disorder is associated with cognitive and psychosocial impairment, and the therapeutic potential of cannabis is unsupported by high-quality evidence. Importantly, cannabis use may lead to the development of psychiatric and substance use disorders and to poorer outcomes in the mentally ill. This article discusses the epidemiology and neurobiology of cannabis use and the assessment and treatment of cannabis use disorder, in mental health and addiction settings. Findings Evidence suggests that cannabis use has negative effects in patients with major psychiatric disorders. It is critical to better understand the endocannabinoid system and its links with mental illness. Conclusions Future studies should determine the potential impact of cannabis legalization on people at risk for, or with pre-existing psychiatric disorders and addictions, as well as the development of novel and more effective treatments for co-occurring cannabis use.
      PubDate: 2016-10-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0128-5
  • Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment of Compulsive Sexual
           Behavior/Problematic Hypersexuality
    • Authors: Eric W. Leppink; Jon E. Grant
      Abstract: Purpose of the Review The present article summarizes the available evidence to date on the pharmacological and behavioral treatment of compulsive sexual behavior/problematic hypersexuality and provides two case vignettes to illustrate potential approaches to treating different presentations of problematic sexual behavior in patients. Recent Findings To date, some evidence supports the use of several medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and naltrexone, as well as certain therapy techniques, including marital therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Summary Unfortunately, little controlled research has been conducted or reported on optimal treatments for patients struggling to manage their problematic sexual behavior. Limited evidence for some options has been reported, but additional controlled, blinded research will be necessary to improve the specificity and quality of available care.
      PubDate: 2016-10-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0122-y
  • Compulsive Sexual Behavior and HIV/STI Risk: a Review of Current
    • Authors: Irene S. Yoon; Steven T. Houang; Sabina Hirshfield; Martin J. Downing
      Abstract: Purpose of Review The current literature consistently links compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) to sexual risk behaviors among diverse populations. Controversy over the conceptualization of CSB has led to challenges in formulating standardized treatment options and health promotion/prevention strategies. However, the increase in empirical research on this topic has led to a greater understanding of CSB and evidence for subtypes including the consumption of sexually explicit media (SEM) via the Internet. Recent Findings While the etiology of CSB is under debate, the absence of standard criteria and measures supports the heterogeneity of the condition and emphasizes the importance of other factors (e.g., developmental stage, personality characteristics, cultural background, and gender concepts) in making a comprehensive clinical assessment. Moreover, there is growing empirical support that CSB contributes to a syndemics model of HIV risk, which suggests the importance of additive and complex effects of co-occurring factors in sexual risk taking. While much scientific progress has been made on CSB in the past few years, it remains a pliable topic. Summary Further exploration on varying levels of CSB severity and the determination of clinically and contextually appropriate cutoff points using existing measures of CSB could provide a greater understanding of this condition, leading to more effective treatment and prevention options.
      PubDate: 2016-10-14
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0121-z
  • Social Network Factors and Addictive Behaviors Among College Students
    • Authors: Dipali Venkataraman Rinker; Heather Krieger; Clayton Neighbors
      Abstract: Purpose of the Review The purpose of this review was to provide an overview of studies within the past 5 years examining the impact of social network factors on addictive behaviors among college students, to discuss gaps, limitations, and controversies in the field, and to summarize with a discussion of future directions and implications for interventions. Recent Findings A review of 13 studies indicated that greater network exposure, centrality, reciprocated ties, and more tightly interconnected networks were associated with greater alcohol use and other addictive behaviors among college students. Summary Greater research is needed that expands beyond alcohol use to other addictive behaviors among college students. Additionally, more studies are needed that longitudinally study the impact of changes in social networks on addictive behaviors and vice versa, as well as studies examining sociocentric (whole) networks. Social network approaches offer innovative perspectives in understanding social influences on addictive behaviors and novel intervention strategies for potentially reducing addictive behaviors among college students.
      PubDate: 2016-10-14
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0126-7
  • Substance Use Disorders in Hypersexual Adults
    • Authors: Rory C. Reid; Monica D. Meyer
      Abstract: Purpose of Review Understanding the relationship between hypersexual behavior and substance use disorders (SUDs) has implications for assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and case conceptualization among individuals seeking help. This article reviews existing literature linking hypersexual behavior and SUDs, offers possible explanations for associations, and concludes by offering perspectives and suggestions for future research. Recent Findings SUDs are common in hypersexual populations and research is slowly beginning to highlight more complex relationships such as some of the mediating and moderating variables implicated in this comorbid condition. Summary Despite several studies investigating comorbid associations of SUDs among hypersexual patients, relationships between these phenomena are poorly understood. Additional research is needed to clarify the relationship between SUDs and hypersexual behavior including greater clarity about possible pathways including mediating and moderating models to explain associations between SUDs and hypersexuality. Outcome research delineating interventions that can successfully attenuate symptoms of hypersexual behavior and SUDs are also needed.
      PubDate: 2016-10-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0124-9
  • The Association Between Alcohol and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among College
           Students: a Review
    • Authors: Jennifer L. Brown; Nicole K. Gause; Nathan Northern
      Abstract: Purpose of Review Alcohol use is prevalent among college students and may contribute to sexual risk behavior engagement. A narrative review of the recent empirical literature examining the association between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among college student samples was conducted. The purpose of this review was to (a) review studies examining the association between alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors and (b) overview research investigating alcohol expectancies and partner characteristics as factors that may influence the alcohol-risky sex relation among college students. Recent Findings Findings regarding the direct link between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors were mixed. Results suggest a more nuanced association between alcohol and risky sexual behaviors that is influenced by alcohol expectancies and partner characteristics. Summary Results highlight the importance of considering additional factors that may influence the alcohol-risky sex relation. Future interventions targeting alcohol-related sexual risk behavior engagement among college students are needed.
      PubDate: 2016-10-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0125-8
  • Should Sexual Offending Be Considered an Addiction' Implications for
           Prevention and Treatment Approaches
    • Authors: A. Chagraoui; F. Thibaut
      Abstract: Purpose of Review Although the neurobiology and neuropharmacology of sexual behavior have not yet been clearly elucidated, several studies characterized the brain areas, neurotransmitters, and circuits involved in sexual disorders. Emphasis has been placed on the importance of brain dopaminergic pathways. The influence of serotonin, testosterone, and luteinizing hormone was also examined. Recent Findings Many of the addiction’s brain networks have been elucidated through identification of neural circuits involving the regulation of reward processes using animal models. In addition, neuroimaging studies have identified the strong links between sexual disorders and specific brain regions. Summary A deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of sexual addiction should lead to more focused treatment strategies such as naltrexone treatment. Moreover, it should be noted that a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, such as postencephalitic neuropsychiatric syndromes, temporal lobe epilepsy, tumors in the frontal or temporal regions, and multiple sclerosis, can potentially lead to paraphilic behaviors or be associated with hypersexuality. The challenge for future research is to understand better the most important aspects of these disorders and their complex relationships to highlight new pharmacological targets for the better therapeutic management of deviant sexual disorders as well as hypersexuality.
      PubDate: 2016-10-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0120-0
  • The Influence of Social Media on Addictive Behaviors in College Students
    • Authors: Mai-Ly N. Steers; Megan A. Moreno; Clayton Neighbors
      Abstract: Background Social media has become a primary way for college students to communicate aspects of their daily lives to those within their social network. Such communications often include substance use displays (e.g., selfies of college students drinking). Furthermore, students’ substance use displays have been found to robustly predict not only the poster(s)’ substance use-related outcomes (e.g., consumption, problems) but also that of their social networking peers. Purpose of Review The current review summarizes findings of recent literature exploring the intersection between social media and substance use. Recent Findings Specifically, we examine how and why such substance use displays might shape college students’ internalized norms surrounding substance use and how they impact their substance use-related behaviors. Summary Additional social media-related interventions are needed in order to target reduction of consumption among this at-risk group. We discuss the technological and methodological challenges inherent to conducting this type of research and devising interventions in this domain.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0123-x
  • Assessing Problem Gambling: a Review of Classic and Specialized Measures
    • Abstract: Purpose of Review The rapid expansion of legalized gambling opportunities over the past 20 years has generated interest in problem gambling and gambling disorder. This review will provide an overview of classic and newer instruments in the field. Recent Findings Early instruments in the field of gambling studies were focused exclusively on population prevalence or diagnosis of disorder. However, a growing body of research, particularly in the clinical and neurobiological areas, have led to the development of a targeted measurement instruments and increased specialization designed for screening of a gambling disorder. Newer instruments and those that with renewed clinical and research interest are focused on specific areas such as cognitive distortions, and control of urges and cravings, which are key components of sustained recovery. Summary Measurement in the field of problem gambling is moving away from solely measuring population prevalence and psychiatric disorder toward targeting the specific mechanisms that underlie problem gambling and barriers to recovery. Future advances in measurement will necessitate using standardized measures to assess various facets of problem gambling and adopting a holistic approach to assessing facets synergistically to identify sub-groups and inform targeted treatment strategies.
      PubDate: 2016-10-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0118-7
  • Understanding Addictions among Indigenous People through Social
           Determinants of Health Frameworks and Strength-Based Approaches: a Review
           of the Research Literature from 2013 to 2016
    • Abstract: Purpose of Review This paper reviews recent research (2013 to 2016) about addictions among Indigenous people. The review concentrates on Indigenous people living within Canada while drawing on literature from countries with similar settler-colonial histories (namely: USA, Australia, and New Zealand). Recent Findings Research indicates that Indigenous people, particularly youth, carry a disproportionate burden of harms from problematic substance use in relation to the general population in Canada. While much research continues to focus on the relationship between individualized risk factors (i.e., behaviors) and problematic substance use, increasingly researchers are engaging a social determinants of health framework, including Indigenous-specific determinants. This includes strength-based approaches focusing on protective factors, including the role of traditional culture in Indigenous peoples’ wellness. Summary Since focusing on individualized risk factors and deficit-based frames are inadequate for addressing Indigenous peoples’ health, recent research engaging a social determinants of health framework and strength-based approaches is promising.
      PubDate: 2016-09-28
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0116-9
  • Addictive Behavior Interventions Among College Students
    • Abstract: Purpose of Review Addictive behaviors among college students are a significant public health concern. This manuscript reviews the past 2 years of the literature on prevention and treatment approaches for college students who engage in addictive behaviors. Recent Findings In-person skill-based interventions and motivational interventions that incorporate personalized feedback are effective in the short-term, but little support was found for long-term effects. Although web-based interventions reduced certain addictive behaviors (e.g., alcohol, problematic gambling), in-person interventions that include motivational interviewing components and personalized feedback appear to be more efficacious. Summary Research has largely focused on alcohol and little is known about the utility of interventions for students who use tobacco or illicit substances or who engage in problematic gambling. Research on interventions for these high-risk behaviors is recommended.
      PubDate: 2016-09-28
      DOI: 10.1007/s40429-016-0117-8
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