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Relationship between interpersonal trauma exposure and addictive behaviors: a systematic review

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Relationship between interpersonal trauma exposure and addictive behaviors: a systematic review
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BMC Psychiatry, May 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1323-1
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Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Lewis Horwood, Linda Slater, Maria C. Tan, David C. Hodgins, T. Cameron Wild


The aim of this study was to systematically summarize knowledge on the association between exposure to interpersonal trauma and addictive behaviors. Extant reviews on this association focused on a restricted range of substance-related addictions, and/or used a narrative instead of a systematic approach. Systematic searches of 8 databases yielded 29,841 studies, of which 3054 studies were included and subsequently classified in relation to study design (scoping review). A subset of observational studies (N = 181) prospectively investigating the relationship between exposure to interpersonal traumata and subsequent behavioral or substance-related addiction problems were characterized. Heterogeneity in study methodologies and types of addictive behaviors and traumatic experiences assessed precluded meta-analysis. Instead, the proportions of associations tested in this literature that revealed positive, negative, or null relationships between trauma exposure and subsequent addictive behaviors were recorded, along with other methodological features. Of 3054 included studies, 70.7% (n = 2160) used a cross-sectional design. In the 181 prospective observational studies (407,041 participants, 98.8% recruited from developed countries), 35.1% of the tested associations between trauma exposure and later addictive behaviors was positive, 1.3% was negative, and 63.6% was non-significant. These results were primarily obtained among non-treatment seeking samples (80.7% of studies; n = 146), using single and multi-item measures of addictive behaviors of unknown psychometric quality (46.4% of studies). Positive associations were more frequently observed in studies examining childhood versus adult traumatization (39.7% vs. 29.7%). Longitudinal research in this area emphasizes alcohol abuse, and almost no research has examined behavioral addictions. Results provide some support for a positive association between exposure to interpersonal trauma and subsequent addictive behaviors but this relationship was not consistently reported. Longitudinal studies typically assessed trauma exposure retrospectively, often after addictive behavior onset, thus precluding robust inferences about whether traumatization affects initial onset of addictive behaviors.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 116 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 18 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 16%
Student > Master 16 14%
Researcher 14 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 9%
Other 22 19%
Unknown 17 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 41 35%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 10%
Neuroscience 7 6%
Social Sciences 4 3%
Other 9 8%
Unknown 24 21%

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