Research

Understanding Beliefs and Experiences of Hoarding and its Treatment

 

Newcastle University

Research by Catherine Reid and Dr Claire Lomax

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Newcastle University, who is conducting this research project as part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology thesis and working under the supervision of Dr Claire Lomax, a Qualified Clinical Psychologist and Course Director of the Newcastle University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. We are looking for adults (18+) who live in the UK or Ireland to take part in this online study who have previously or are currently experiencing difficulties with hoarding behaviours.

If you can answer yes to two or more of the following questions you may be eligible to participate:

  • Do you feel the need to save the majority of stuff you own?
  • Do you find it hard to get rid of stuff?
  • Does not being able to get rid of stuff make you upset or worried, or cause problems in your work or personal life?
  • Do you have so much stuff in your home that it is hard to move around or use rooms for their intended purpose?
  • Does the amount of stuff in your home make you feel upset, worried, or distressed, or cause problems in your work or personal life?


What is the purpose of this study?

We know that hoarding can be a serious problem that can have a significant cost to the individual in lots of areas of their life, such as with their family, their ability to work and maintain social contacts. However, we know that people with hoarding problems often don’t seek treatment, and if they do, they seek it after living for a very lengthy time with the problem. We wish to explore the reasons for this further.

This study aims to explore and develop a greater understanding of the perspectives of people with current or previous hoarding problems (with or without OCD) regarding accessing treatment for hoarding (regardless of whether they have received treatment or not). We would also like to ask individuals if they think they would be able to, or would want to change their hoarding behaviour. This study is part of a programme of research that aims to increase our understanding of the problem so that we can improve assessment and treatment of it.

What would I be asked to do?

  1. You will be asked to complete a set of screening questionnaires. These questionnaires will be completed online.
  2. After completing the screening questionnaires, some participants may be contacted by the researcher via email and asked to complete an additional research task. This research task will also be completed online.

You will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 e-voucher as a token of our appreciation for participating in the study.

Who can take part in this study?

We are seeking adults (aged 18+) who live in the UK or Ireland who have previously or are currently experiencing difficulties with hoarding behaviours (with or without OCD).

How long will it take?

In total, it is expected that you will be giving up around 30 minutes of your time to read the participant information sheet, give your consent and fill in the questionnaires. There is no time limit.

Does this study have ethical approval?

Yes! The study has full ethical approval from Newcastle University. It is unlikely that the questionnaires will cause distress for the participants. If you would like to see copies of the questionnaires, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Will be information be kept confidential?

Yes! All the information that we get from this study will be confidential, anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. All the digital information will be stored electronically on a secure server at Newcastle University that will be protected with a password and only accessible to the research team.

How do I take part in this research?

To take part in this study, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions.

http://nclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Pt8blJxNCBlQxf

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Any questions about the research can be directed to Catherine Reid who is the lead researcher on the email address below:

hoardingstudy@newcastle.ac.uk

This study was approved by the Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Ethics Committee, part of Newcastle University’s Research Ethics Committee. This committee contains members who are internal to the Faculty, as well as one external member. This study was reviewed by members of the committee, who must provide impartial advice and avoid significant conflicts of interests.

NOTE: ETHICAL APPROVAL GRANTED FOR THIS PROJECT AND HELD ON FILE

Understanding Attachment in Hoarding Disorder

The study is designed to investigate how people decide to discard possessions.  The study will take place at Newcastle University and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete: as thanks for your participation you will be offered a £10 gift voucher. Should you choose to participate in the study you will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires. You will then be asked to familiarise yourself with a series of words and objects before participating in the main body of the study. Throughout the experiment you will also be asked to fill out several short rating scales.

If you are interested in taking part in this study or have any questions about the study please contact the primary researcher or their supervisor on the email addresses below

Primary researcher: Robyn Beecroft ( MSc Student)

Supervisor: Dr Sue Thorpe ( Programme Leader)

NOTE: ETHICAL APPROVAL GRANTED FOR THIS PROJECT AND HELD ON FILE

 

Psychological Characteristics of Hoarders and Collectors

My name is Dr Nick Neave, I am a psychologist from the University of Northumbria, and I’d like to invite you to take part in an online questionnaire as part of my research into the psychological characteristics of hoarders and collectors. You will be asked to report your age and sex, and then complete seven questionnaires, which should take no longer than 30 minutes. The questionnaires will ask about your hoarding/collecting, your obsessive-compulsive tendencies, the extent to which you empathise or systemise, how anxious you feel generally, how you feel attachments to objects, and the extent to which you anthropomorphise (ascribe human characteristics to inanimate objects). Once you have completed the questionnaires you will be asked to read the participant debrief information and be given the choice to withdraw your data from the study. Your data will remain confidential.

If you want to take part in the survey please follow the link below:

https://nupsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dg6c8LHBEkgYacR

NOTE: HELD ON FILE

 

Qualitative Interview Study

My name is Victoria Barnes and I am a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. As part of my research I am conducting a qualitative interview study to develop a new model of hoarding behaviours.

If you can answer yes to two or more of the following questions you may be eligible to participate:

  • Do you find it hard to discard possessions?
  • Does the thought of discarding your possessions make you upset, distressed or worried?
  • Do you feel the need to save the majority of the items you own?
  • Does not being able to get rid of possessions make you upset or worried, or cause problems in your work or personal life?
  • Do you have so many things in your home that it is hard to move around or use rooms for their intended purpose?
  • Does the number of possessions in your home make you feel upset, distressed or worried, or cause problems in your work or personal life?

The study will involve taking part in an interview lasting between 60-90 minutes. The interview can either take place at the university, another public and confidential location such as a room in a library or community centre, or by Skype or phone. You will be asked a series of questions about your behaviour regarding your possessions, your feelings and experiences about your possessions, and your daily life.

To find out more or to ask any questions about this study, please contact me using the details below:

Email: Victoria Barnes (PhD candidate)

 

We are able to write letters, make calls and work to bring professionals and people who
deal with hoarding behaviours to find a way forward.  Please get in touch by letter, phone or email.

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