Early Maladaptive Schemas are Associated with Adolescents’ Substance and Behavioral Addictions

Yaniv Efrati, Daniel C. Kolubinski, Claudia Marino, Marcantonio M. Spada

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Abstract

Unlike the consequences of substance and behavioral addictions and the profile of adolescents with substance and behavioral addictions that were extensively studied, the cognitive distortions that might be responsible to the development and maintenance of substance and behavioral addictions are less understood. The sample comprised 1948 adolescents (756 male and 1192 female) aged 14–18 years (mean age = 16.20 years; SD = 1.83) who completed the survey anonymously and with parental consent. We examined associations between substance and behavioral addictions and cognitive distortions in the form of early maladaptive schemas among adolescents. Results revealed that early maladaptive schemas are associated with adolescents’ substance and behavioral addictions. From a lay epidemiological perspective, the current research expands our knowledge about addiction among adolescents, offering potential insights for clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-709
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Behavioral addictions
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Early maladaptive schemas
  • Substance use disorder

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