Developing a Measure of Beliefs in Hoarding Disorder
Hoarding disorder (HD) is a mental health condition which is defined as the excessive acquisition of items, holding and engaging with items, and the inability to discard vast quantities of possessions. We know that this causes a lot of distress for individuals who have difficulties with hoarding and that it can impact on many aspects of their life. The average age that people begin to hoard is around 16 years old and there are many different hypotheses about why individual’s hoard. Previous research suggests that there are a lot of possible motives driving hoarding behaviour and that these can be different for different individuals. It is important to understand more about the variation in hoarding behaviour as recovery outcomes for hoarding disorder treatment (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) are relatively poor. It has been suggested that different treatments are needed to target the different psychological mechanisms involved in hoarding, and this research hopes to shed light on this and make recommendations in relation to the assessment, understanding and treatment of hoarding disorder.
This study is aiming to develop a tool that will help clinicians to identify different types of beliefs in people with hoarding disorder, so that treatments can better target the core beliefs held by patients who seek help from mental health professionals.
Anyone over the age of 18 can complete this questionnaire.
You do not need to have a diagnosis of hoarding disorder to take part.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to complete an online survey, including providing demographic information and there is a screening measure to identify people whose hoarding behaviour reaches the threshold for the study. Those who qualify will be asked to rate how strongly they believe certain statements about their possessions The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
When and where?
The survey can be completed online anytime until 31st October 2021.
Will I get anything for taking part?
You will be given the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.
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