Relational and coping links with behavioural addictions
To gain a better understanding of these addictions, research has identified the risk factors related to the development of pathological behaviours, as well as the protective factors that appear to prevent such behaviours (Monacis, de Palo, Griffiths, & Sinatra, 2017a). Several authors have considered coping as a key variable to understand addictions, which may constitute a maladaptive way of coping (Tobin, Loxton, & Neighbors, 2014), and attachment could predict behavioural addictions (Monacis et al., 2017). Therefore, this study aimed to analyse attachment and coping patterns in a sample of 472 students from secondary education (Mean age = 15.6; SD = 1.33; 51.6% females). The findings showed a negative association between attachment and behavioural addictions. Moreover, coping strategies were associated with behavioural addictions. Finally, coping was found to mediate between attachment and behavioural addictions. These results provide useful information for prevention and intervention in gambling.