1st Edition

Behavioural Addiction in Women An International Female Perspective on Treatment and Research

Edited By Fulvia Prever, Gretchen Blycker, Laura Brandt Copyright 2023
    330 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Behavioural Addiction in Women gives insight into ongoing research efforts and clinical developments across the globe, focusing specifically on women with behavioural addictions.

    The book brings together an international network of clinicians and researchers to offer a unique transcultural female perspective on female-specific aspects of addiction, which is underrepresented in the available literature. By compiling both research and clinical spotlights focusing on women with behavioural addictions across the six continents, the book is an important first step towards building a shared knowledge base on the subject, starting from the importance of female-specific diagnostic criteria, to new therapeutic strategies, prevention programs, and harm reduction approaches. This book will help us gain a better understanding of ongoing work and where to allocate our attention and efforts for helping a vulnerable, and - in many areas of the world - still underserved, and economically disadvantaged, population.

    The book will be of great interest to researchers and clinicians in the field of addiction.

    Part I – AFRICA

    1. South African Women Risk-takers: An exploration of risky behaviour during periods of constraint

    Linda de Vries


    2. Women’s Wellbeing: Illuminating the Harmful Impact of a Partner’s Compulsive Sexual Behaviors

    Gretchen Blycker

    3. Clinical Perspectives of Love Addiction & Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

    Rebecca Jacobson and Koriann Cox

    4. Clinical Considerations of Behavioural Addiction in Pregnancy

    Koriann Cox


    5. COVID-19 and What was not Grieved in the Woman Addicted to Gambling

    Deborah Blanca

    6. Intimate Partner Violence and Drug Use in Latin America

    Victoria Valdez

    Part IV – ASIA

    7. Family and Social Relationships During Recovery – Perspectives of Israeli Women Overcoming Gambling Disorder

    Belle Gavriel-Fried and Tal Damari

    8. Women, Love, and Sexuality in Saudi Arabia: A Window to Our World

    Nora Sahly

    9. Women’s Pornography Use in China

    Lijun Chen

    10. Understanding Repetitive Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Recovery among Chinese Women: A Qualitative Study

    Artemis Leung

    11. Higher Burden of Withdrawal Symptoms, Depressive Mood, Loneliness, Anxiety and Agitation Among Women with Internet Gaming Disorder in South Korea

    Soo-young Bhang

    12. Problematic Internet Usage among Women in Malaysia

    Su Tein Sim, Melisa Abdul Aziz, Norharlina Bahar, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Normala Ibrahim, Wan Salwina Wan Ismail, Azlin Baharudin, Kit-Aun Tan, and Ling Shiao Ling

    13. Food Addiction in the Adult Indonesian Female Population

    Eva Suryani, Durrotul Ikrimah, Eveline Widjaja, and Christiany Suwartono

    Part V – EUROPE

    14. Shielded from View? Gender-bias in Gambling Research, Prevention and Treatment

    Heather Wardle and Fay Laidler

    15. Gender-specific Personalized Care Delivery for Problematic use of Internet in Switzerland

    Sophia Achab

    16. Gambling Disorders among Women with Suicidality: Guidance and Specificities

    Mélina Andronicos and Monique Séguin

    17. Online Gambling in France: Comparison of Women and Men

    Anaïs Saillard, Marie Grall-Bronnec, Morgane Rousselet, Elsa Thiabaud, Juliette Leboucher, Julie Caillon, and Gaëlle Challet-Bouju

    18. Buying-Shopping Disorder in German Women – When Everyday Actions Become an Addiction

    Nora Laskowski, Maithilee Joshi, and Astrid Müller

    19. Female Gamers: Psychosocial and Clinical Perspectives

    Olatz Lopez-Fernandez and Daria Kuss

    20. Food Addiction: Exploring Underlying Shared Factors in Obesity, Eating Disorders and Behavioural Addictions in Women

    Lucía Camacho-Barcia, Lucero Munguía, and Susana Jiménez-Murcia

    21. Psychological, Family and Behavioral Factors Associated with Emotional Dependence

    Ana Estévez and Janire Momeñe

    22. New Therapeutic Tools Dedicated to Women with Gambling Disorder in Italy

    Fulvia Prever, Francesca Picone, Maddalena Borsani, and Monica Minci

    23. Innovative Italian Gender Approaches to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Counseling

    Ornella De Luca, Amelia Fiorin, Camilla Della Pietà, Irene Ronchi, Antonella Grioni, and Tiziana Manigrasso

    24. Gambling Therapy International and Multilingual Helpline – A Focus on Women Gamblers’ Perspective

    Monica Minci and Shaila Hussain

    25. Gambling in the Life of Older Women – Benefits, Harms and Social Perception

    Bernadeta Lelonek-Kuleta

    26. Compulsive Sexual Behavior and its Correlates in a Sample of Polish Treatment-Seeking Women

    Ewelina Kowalewska

    27. The Gendering of Gambling in Sweden

    Jessika Spångberg and Klara Goedecke

    28. Problem use of the Internet and Social Media among Young Women in the Russian Federation

    Eugenia Fadeeva

    29. The Impact of Internet and Gaming Addiction on Women and Gender Minorities in Sweden and Europe

    Emma Claesdotter-Knutsson and Niroshani Broman

    Part VI – OCEANIA

    30. All that Glitters is not Gold: Women’s Experiences of Using Gambling Venues to escape Intimate Partner Violence

    Lydia Mainey, Nerilee Hing, Cathy O’Mullan, Helen Breen, and Elaine Nuske

    31. Women’s Participation in ‘Card Circles’ in Remote Australian Aboriginal Communities

    Megan Whitty and Charlotte Boyer


    Fulvia Prever is a psychotherapist with a particular focus on women, gambling, and behavioural addictions. She has been an executive psychologist for 38 years in the Addiction Clinic of the Italian NHS in Milan, and she is the Scientific Director of the Women & Gambling Project, SUN(N)COOP, international referee for Women, Gambling & Behavioural Addiction for EASG and ISSBA, and president of the Varenna Foundation.

    Gretchen Blycker, LMHC, LMT, RYT, PhD candidate, is a board-certified sex therapist in private practice and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. For the last 25 years she has been integrating a holistic framework for promoting sexual wellbeing, healthy relationships, healing from sexual trauma and treating compulsive sexual behaviours as well as addressing their relational impact.

    Laura Brandt, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology at The City College of New York. To address the complexity of substance use disorders in her research, she draws from psychological, applied medical and data science, and takes an implementation perspective on interventions that target addictive behaviours.

    ‘The topic of behavioural addictions in women has been significantly under researched at a global level for far too long. This book greatly addresses the research gap in this field and makes essential reading for all in the clinical realm and in research.’

    Henrietta Bowden-Jones, OBE, Professor, National Clinical Advisor on Gambling Harms, Vice President of the Royal Society of Medicine 


    ‘This is a much-needed book for anyone working in the behavioural addictions field written and collated by some of the leading female researchers and practitioners. If you want an insightful and engaging female perspective on behavioural addictions, then this is the book read.’

    Mark Griffiths, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction and Director, International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University


    ‘This book focuses on global female perspectives on a range of behavioural addictions. There is an important need to understand better girls and women and how they may experience and be impacted by behavioural addictions involving gambling, gaming, internet use, love, sex, pornography viewing, eating and other behaviors. This impressive book includes over 30 chapters detailing aspects of often difficult-to-identify clinical concerns and how they may be impacting the health of women and girls, all communicated from womens’ perspectives. This book sheds new light on many important topics, and provides a lens through which to view these from international vantage points. As such, this is an essential book that contributes to promoting female health and well-being.’

    Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, Director of Division on Addictions Research at Yale, Director of Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research and Director of Women and Addictions Core of Women's Health Research at Yale


    ‘Taking into consideration the most important yet most understudied areas of behavioural addictions research, one would certainly point to gender issues first. The current book is a huge step to address this gap. The book edited by Fulvia Prever, Gretchen Blycker, and Laura Brandt provides an excellent collection of papers studying women-specific aspects of behavioural addictions, covering a wide range of perspectives, and with a special focus on aetiology, needs, and treatment issues. Moreover, the global perspective of the book, with contributions from all over the world, makes it especially unique and important.’     

    Zsolt Demetrovics, Chair of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming, University of Gibraltar; Head of the Addiction Research Group at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University and President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions