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What do you think of Social Workers?

My name is Amy Honeysett and I am a student completing my Social Work Masters degree at the University of Leeds.  As part of my dissertation I am conducting a study into perceptions of the social work role in cases of hoarding.

I am interested in finding out what people who have had some experience of hoarding consider the social work role to be and whether they see any relevance of it to their own situation.

Who is being asked to participate?

I am looking to recruit people who self-identify as having an issue with hoarding and who access a hoarding support group.

  • You do not need to have a diagnosis or label. If you feel that you have an issue with hoarding you can be included regardless of the severity of this hoarding.
  • You must already be a member of a hoarding support group so that you have support available if you find that the topic of this study brings up any difficulties or emotions for you.
  • You do not need to have had any involvement with adult social care or social workers.

 

What will be involved if I take part in this study?

You will be asked to complete questionnaire, designed to take approximately 20-30 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous. You will not be asked to provide any personal information that could identify you.

The first section of the questionnaire asks some short questions to gather information about who has chosen to participate. You will then be asked to complete one of two sections depending on whether or not you have had contact with a social worker about your hoarding. There is then an optional section where you are asked to rate your hoarding behaviour on a scale.

You can be provided with a paper copy of the questionnaire or you can complete the questionnaire online by going to
https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/perceptions-of-the-social-work-role-in-cases-of-hoarding

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact:
Amy Honeysett
hc16a3h@leeds.ac.uk
0113 328 1304

Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the University of Leeds School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee (Project reference number: HREC17-029)

 

Do you think of yourself as someone who hoards?  Are you a professional who works with people who hoard?

My name is Victoria Barnes and I’m a third year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University studying hoarding behaviours. I’m looking for people with hoarding behaviours, and professionals who work with those who hoard, to take part in interviews.

The interviews would last between 60 and 90 minutes, and can be done face to face, over Skype or over the phone.

From these interviews I’m aiming to develop a model of how hoarding behaviours develop and the meaning of possessions and living space for people who hoard.

If you can answer Yes to two or more of the questions below, I would like to hear from you with a view to you taking part in an interview:

  • 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?

I’m also interested in professionals’ views of how hoarding behaviours develop and interventions for those who hoard.

Professionals:

If you are a professional who works with people who hoard and can answer Yes to both of the questions below, I would like to hear from you too:

  • Do you work in a professional capacity with people who hoard? (e.g. as a professional organiser, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist?)
  • Have you had recent experience (within the last 12 months) of working with at least one person with hoarding difficulties?

 

To register your interest in taking part in this study, or for further information, please contact me on:

Email:  victoria.barnes022005@my.ntu.ac.uk

Phone: 07546 948326

This research has received ethical approval from the NTU College of Business, Law and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Do People Who Hoard Experience Intrustive Images?

Research by Nick Stewart & Dr James Gregory

I would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study.

The study looks at the kinds of images or pictures that commonly pop into people’s minds.

Currently we know very little about the images experienced by people with hoarding difficulties (people who have difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, to the extent that possessions congest and clutter the home).

​By finding out more about these images, we hope to find new psychological approaches for helping people to overcome mental health problems.

What would your participation involve?

The study involves a telephone interview and an online questionnaire.​

You will be given a £5 Amazon voucher as a small gesture of thanks and a small donation made to a hoarding charity on your behalf if you wish.

Who can take part in this study?

We are looking for:

  • people with hoarding problems
  • people with no current mental health difficulties (so we can compare the experiences of people with and without hoarding difficulties)

​To be eligible for this study you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Either have difficulties with hoarding OR have no current mental health difficulties
  • Not be diagnosed with any organic brain injury or neurological disorder
  • Not have a past or current diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar disorder
  • Not have a current problem with substance dependence

How long will it take?

Taking part in the study should take around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Where will the interview take place?

You can take part in the study from any location with a telephone or Skype/Facetime. There is also an online questionnaire, for which you will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access. Please note that you can complete the questionnaire by post if you prefer.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How to get more information about the study?

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or would like to discuss any aspect of the study, you can visit the study website:

https://hoarding.wixsite.com/research

or contact:

Nick Stewart
Clinical Psychologist in Training
University of Bath

Email: hoarding.research@bath.ac.uk

​Telephone: 07976 799609

Dr James Gregory (Research Supervisor)
Clinical Psychologist
University of Bath

Email: j.d.gregory@bath.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Bath, Ethics Committee. Reference Number: 17-123

Investigating How We Categorise Our Possessions

Research by Alice Kilvert & Dr James Gregory

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of categorisation in people who hoard.

Some people have profound difficulty in letting go of valued possessions. This difficulty can lead to rooms becoming disorganised over time so that the space is no longer useable nor recognisable. This can be referred to as a hoarding problem. It is proposed that people who hoard valued possession find it hard to sort items into categories.

We are interested in exploring to see if there are any differences in how people who hoard categorise objects compared to people who don’t hoard valued possession in quite the same way.

 What would your participation involve?

  1. You will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview.
  2. If you meet the inclusion criteria you will be then asked to complete a set of questionnaires.
  3. You will be invited to the university to participate in a testing session where you’ll be asked to sort objects into different categories.

You will be given a £5 as a small gesture of thanks and a small donation made to a Hoarding Charity on your behalf if you so wish.

Who can take part in this study?

We are looking for people with hoarding problems, and individuals without these problems.

How long will it take?

In total, it is expected that participation involves approximately three hours.

Where will the interview take place?

The initial phone interview will be done over the phone /Skype, depending on your preference. The testing will occur at the University of Bath, or at your home if you are unable to travel there.

How are the questionnaires administered?

The questionnaires can be completed online or by post, depending on your preference.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How to get more information about the study?

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact:

Alice Kilvert
Clinical Psychologist in Training
University of Bath
Email: akilvert-hoarding@bath.ac.uk or ack39@bath.ac.uk
Dr James Gregory (Research Supervisor)
Clinical Psychologist
University of Bath
Email: j.d.gregory@bath.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Bath, Ethics Committee. Reference Number: 16-324

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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