Addiction: Describing addiction and risk factors in the development of addiction


A Level


5m 50s
In this podcast we discuss what addiction is, in terms of physical and psychological dependence, especially the effects of tolerance and withdrawal syndrome.. We will examine a range of factors involved in the development of addiction; genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers.


Jean Marc Lawton


Describing addiction & risk factors in the development of addiction – task

  • Listen to the podcast on risk factors in the development of addiction, making notes as you do so


  • From your notes then write a summary of the podcast. This should include references to:


a] psychological dependence


b] physiological dependence in terms of i] tolerance ii] withdrawal syndrome


c] Vulnerability in terms of i] genetic vulnerability ii] stress iii] personality iv] Cloninger’s tri-dimensional theory


d] Family and peer influences, including expectancies


  • You may find that you need to listen to the podcast more than once to achieve this

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