Exploring the Experience of Early Attachment Relationships on the Onset, and course of, Hoarding Disorder

 

About the Study:

Studies suggest there is a link between the development of hoarding behaviours and the attachment relationships we form in childhood. We would like to add depth to our understanding of this by talking to the people who are experiencing hoarding disorder about their attachment relationships. We hope this research will aid future research and guide treatment development.

What will I be doing if I decide to take part?

You’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire about yourself and your hoarding behaviours. Participants can provide their email address at the end of this questionnaire for a chance to win 1 of 3, £10 amazon gift vouchers in a prize draw.

After this, if you meet our inclusion criteria (below), you will then be invited to take part in an online interview with me, lasting around 1 hour. All participants who complete the interview will receive a £15 amazon voucher for their time.

Can I take part?

To take part, you need to be:

• Over 18 years old

• Fluent in English

• Live in the UK

Anyone over the age of 18 can complete the study, as the questionnaire will screen people in or out at an early stage based on the severity of their hoarding and clutter. The study is open to anyone who is fluent in English and living in the UK. You do not need to have a diagnosis of hoarding disorder to take part.

Keywords: psychology, Newcastle University, Hoarding, hoarding disorder, attachment relationships

Ethics: This study has been granted ethical approval by the Ethics Committee at Newcastle University. Ref: 22528/2022

About the researcher: My name is Lin Stevenson and I am a trainee clinical psychologist studying at Newcastle University and working for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. This study is for my doctoral thesis.

Contact details: Lin Stevenson

This study is supervised by Dr Claire Lomax (DClinPsy Programme Director, Newcastle University) and Dr Rowan Tinlin (Clinical Psychologist, CNTW NHS Trust).

Why do people hoard?

 

I am currently a student attending Rugby College studying an Access to Health Professions Course with the intention of going to university to study a psychology degree.

I have an interest in hoarding disorder, therefore I am starting my research into this area for my study skill project.

Introduction:

A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.

(NHS) Hypothesis:

Why do people hoard and what impact does this have on the hoarder and their families?

I would like to people to help complete my questionnaire.  All answers are confidential and anonymous.

Questionnaire

Thank you

Gemma Evans

An Investigation into Social Support, Possessions & Obsessions

 

The amount of social support people receive (or don’t receive) can have a big impact on their thoughts and experiences. We are interested in the amount and type of social support experienced by people who have difficulties with:

a) over acquiring and keeping possessions,

b) obsessional and compulsive problems, and

c) those without problems with either.

We are looking for volunteers aged 18 years and over.

Participating in the research will involve a 15-minute telephone discussion and online questionnaires taking approximately 30-40 minutes although for some people it may take longer. Paper questionnaires can also be sent by post if you prefer.

If you are interested and would like more information, please click on the link below to read the participant information sheet

https://oxicptr.web.ox.ac.uk/help-our-research#collapse3087036

To register your interest or for further information, please contact: victoria.edwards@hmc.ox.ac.uk

Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) Approval Reference:

R74797/RE001

 

We are interested in learning from you about your experiences relating to possessions.

 

We are looking for people who

  • have problems with collecting and keeping clutter and have a childhood/adolescent experience of them and/or their family suddenly (in under a year) losing all or nearly all of their possessions

OR

  • have problems with collecting and keeping clutter and do not have a childhood/adolescent experience of them and/or their family suddenly (in under a year) losing all or nearly all of their possessions

OR

  • do not have problems with collecting and keeping clutter (whether or not they have a childhood/adolescent experience of them and/or their family suddenly losing all or nearly all of their possessions)

You will need to be aged at least 18 years to take part. Participating in the research will take 30-60 minutes, and involve completing a digital/telephone interview and/or online questionnaires. Some questions will ask about your past and current psychological wellbeing, and about your past experiences of material deprivation.

Can you help us? Please contact us to find out more email fahreen.walji@hmc.ox.ac.uk

Do objects influence how people with hoarding difficulties remember their experiences?

 

We are looking for adult volunteers to take part in an online study investigating Hoarding Disorder.  People with Hoarding difficulties struggle to discard possessions, to the extent that living spaces become excessively cluttered.

The aim of this research is to find out more about how people with Hoarding Disorder recall memories.

Who can take part?

  • We are looking for people to take part who are currently experiencing hoarding difficulties and identify this as their main problem
  • We are also looking for people who are currently experiencing anxiety (including OCD, panic, agoraphobia, social anxiety, GAD and health anxiety)
  • We are also recruiting people who are not currently experiencing mental health difficulties

Unfortunately, this study isn’t suited for anyone who:

    • has been diagnosed with any organic brain injury or neurological disorder
    • has undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the past or at present
    • is under the age of 18
    • is currently receiving psychological talking therapy
    • is not able to read or speak English
    • is currently dependent on substances (not prescribed medication)

What will taking part involve?

You will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires, followed by an online memory task. This task will involve recalling a memory based on a word or image cue.

How long will it take?

It will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete the questionnaires and online task.

As a thank you for your time, if you choose to provide your email address and complete the study, you will receive a £5 Amazon eVoucher.  If you do not wish to provide your email address, the £5 will be donated to charity at the end of data collection for the study.

How do I take part?

If you would like to take part, and for more information, please email.

 

Ethical Approval: This study has received ethical approval from the University of Bath Psychology Research Ethics Committee (Reference: 21-047)

An Investigation into Social Support, Possessions & Obsessions

 

We want to understand your experiences of social support and how this relates to over acquiring and keeping possessions or obsessional and compulsive problems.

Participating in the research will involve a 15-minute telephone discussion and online questionnaires (or paper questionnaires sent by post if you prefer) taking approximately 30-40 minutes although for some people it may take longer.

If you are 18 years and above and would like more information, please visit:

https://oxicptr.web.ox.ac.uk/help-our-research#collapse3087036

To register your interest or for further information, please contact: Victoria Edwards

Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) Approval Reference:

R74797/RE001

 

Rising from the Hoard: Exploring the connection between a hoarded childhood and resilience

 

I am currently recruiting for participants in a research study on the impact of hoarding behaviours on those raised in hoarded spaces.

Currently, there has been little study and on this newly recognised disorder.  As such, the research on its impact on those who have been raised in hoarded homes is even less.

About the study

This study aims to explore the experience of adults raised in hoarded homes, how they felt about their spaces and how they coped with living in limited spaces.  The researcher hopes to understand the link between this experience and the development of resilience in the individual.  The study will be conducted as a video interview and will last up to 30mins.  This study is supervised by Dr Verity Di Mascio (Course Leader MSc Psychology of Mental Health & MSc Addiction and Mental Health, London Metropolitan University).

Requirements

Anyone aged above 18 years of age and has been raised for any portion of time in a hoarded home whilst under 18 years old.  This study is open to anyone who can speak English and can be participated in from anywhere in the world via zoom. Participants may identify as any gender or non-binary gender.  Exclusion criteria for participants will be for those who are currently receiving inpatient psychiatric support and or community crisis mental health support.

Keywords

Psychology, Hoarding, Resilience, Childhood, Home, Space, Stuff Ethics.  This study had been granted ethical approval by the Ethics Committee at London Metropolitan University.

About the researcher

My name is Shamiso Mazaiwana, and I am currently a student on MSc Psychology of Mental Health at London Metropolitan University.  I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and have experience in supporting individuals with a range of challenges including Hoarding Disorder.

Contact

Shamiso Mazaiwana

 

Research Topic: An Exploration of Hoarding Disorder Across Cultures

 

Studies reveal, that current research into Hoarding Disorder and Hoarding-related features, have so far focused on European and American samples, with very little investigation across other parts of the world, and even less within racial and ethnic minority groups within Western samples.

Who’s carrying out this study?

This study is being undertaken as part of City University London’s research department, and will consist of a short survey, followed by a semi-structured interview via Zoom or telephone call; as part of the ethics committee guidelines.

What’s this study for?

The purpose of this study, is to explore people’s experiences of hoarding disorder (HD)/Hoarding behaviour specifically within racial/cultural contexts. Essentially, to identify and compare the lived experiences of individuals that suffer from HD between three of the largest racial demographics in the UK according to government statistics (https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/ ): Black, South-Asian and White

How long will this take?

This study will take place over the course of two days, lasting – in total – approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes.

All ethnicities within these racial demographics are welcome to partake; any ethnic/subgroup variations within each cohort will be recorded and noted for future research.

Are you interested?

Thank you for showing an interest in this study!

If you would like to participate or just want to know more, please contact the primary researcher Neha Zia.

Please note, participants should be:

  • People over the age of 18 who consider themselves to experience difficulty parting or discarding retained objects, to the extent that living spaces are difficult to use for their intended purpose.
  • People who identify as either Black, White or South Asian.
  • People who are willing to talk about their experiences with relation to cultural/racial backgrounds and upbringing.

The process of interview will be provided in a detailed information sheet and you can withdraw from the study at any time.

Please contact Neha Zia for further information. Thank you.

The Relationship between Hoarding related Psychological Inflexibility and Quality of Life

 

 

About the Study:

My name is Aimee Pick and I am currently looking for participants to take part in my research study as part of my MSc in Health Psychology at Ulster University. The study is looking at the relationship between hoarding related psychological inflexibility and quality of life.  This consists of an online questionnaire which anyone over the age of 18 years old can complete.  You do not have to feel you struggle with hoarding behaviours to participate.

If you are interested in taking part please click the below link for further information.

This survey is completely anonymous and will only be used for the purpose of my research study.

Contact

Aimee Pick

If you wish to contact me about the study.

Alternatively my research supervisor contact details are:

Dr John Mallett
Ulster University
School of Psychology.

Email: Dr John Mallett

Hoarding Behaviours Research

 

 

About the Study:

My name is Ilsang Moon.  I am currently an MSc in Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow.

For my dissertation this year, I hope to study people who are struggling with hoarding problems.  I hope to see what kind of psychological variables or experiences can predict hoarding behaviours to understand more about hoarding. 

The questionnaire will take just under 10 minutes.

The link to the online questionnaire, which has some more information on there:
 
 

Contact:

Ilsang Moon

Developing a Measure of Beliefs in Hoarding Disorder

 

 

About the Study:

The 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.

Participants can complete the study anonymously by clicking this link: Hoarding Beliefs Research

This will lead you to Qualtrics where you will be shown an information sheet and consent form.  Demographic information will be collected 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.  Finally, a debrief statement with further information and contact details will be shown.

This stage of the study just requires the completion of a single questionnaire with no follow-ups required.  In total, the survey will take approximately 20 minutes.  Those who complete the full questionnaire will be given the opportunity to win an Amazon voucher.  For those who choose to provide their email address for the prize draw or other reasons can be assured that their email address will be kept separately from their responses to ensure anonymity is maintained.

This study is supervised by Dr Claire Lomax (DClinPsy Programme Director, Newcastle University) and Dr Rowan Tinlin (Clinical Psychologist, CNTW NHS Trust).

 

Requirements:

Anyone over the age of 18 can complete the study, as the questionnaire will screen people in or out at an early stage based on the severity of their hoarding and clutter.  The study is open to anyone who can speak English, regardless of what country they live in.  You do not need to have a diagnosis of hoarding disorder to take part.

 

Keywords:  psychology, Newcastle University, Hoarding, hoarding disorder, beliefs

 

Ethics:  This study has been granted ethical approval by the Ethics Committee at Newcastle University. Ref: 4326/2020

 

About the researcher:  My name is Kathryn Ragan and I am a trainee clinical psychologist studying at Newcastle University and working for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.  This study is for my doctoral thesis.

 

Contact details: Kathryn Ragan

Valuations in Hoarding Disorder: The Impact of Contextual Information on the Perceptions of Object Value

 

 

About the Study:

Our study is interested at understanding people with hoarding problems perceive the world. Research has shown that individuals with hoarding disorder view and value objects differently to others. These views also seem to differ from people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is often considered to have overlap with hoarding. Therefore, this study is seeking to further understand how those with Hoarding Disorder and OCD value different objects.

This study is supervised by Dr James Gregory, Clinical Psychologist, University of Bath.

 

Requirements:

  • You must be over 18
  • You must not have suffered any organic brain damage
    • e.g. a stroke or traumatic incident like a car crash that has left you with some brain damage, confirmed by a doctor.
  • Fall into one of three categories:
    • Must be experiencing significant hoarding problems, with no current or past history of OCD – UNLESS hoarding is your main issue and you also have OCD.
    • Must be experiencing significant problems due to OCD, with no current or past history of hoarding – UNLESS OCD is your main issue and you also have some hoarding problems.
    • Must have no current or past history of OCD/Hoarding/ or other mental health problems.

Keywords: psychology, University of Bath, Hoarding, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, perception, object value

 

Ethics: This study has been granted ethical approval by the Psychology Research Ethics Committee at University of Bath.

 

About the researcher:  I am currently a postgraduate student at the University of Bath, studying for my MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology, and would greatly appreciate your participation in my final research project.

 

This study is addressing a gap in the literature concerning perceptions in hoarding disorder (HD) compared to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), regarding object value and how they may change dependent on contextual information. The outcome variable being measured will be total object value, which will consist of four subscales; instrumental, sentimental, aesthetic and monetary value.

If participants register their interest in the study a personal link to the questionnaire will be sent to them via email. This will lead them to Qualtrics where they will initially be shown an information sheet and consent form.

If they agree to proceed demographic info will be collected as well as information regarding their clinical status/major clinical problems. This will then be followed by the screening questionnaires, and the object rating task. Finally, a debrief statement with further contact details will be shown.

All responses are completely anonymised, however participants are able to provide their email address at the end of the study for a chance to be entered into an amazon voucher prize draw. This email will be stored completely separately to the data and so cannot be linked in any way, and will only be stored until the beginning of September, when the project ends.

The questionnaire will be a one-time event and no follow up tests or reassessments will be required of the participants.

In total the assessment will take 30-45 minutes.

I am completing this study as part of my postgraduate MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath, under the supervision of Dr James Gregory.

It has received ethical approval from the University of Bath Psychology Research Ethics Committee

PREC reference number: 20-130.

Contact Isabel Evans

Research into the Experience of Taking Part in TV Programmes about Mental Health

 

 

My name is Hannah Selby and I am a PhD researcher from the Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling Division in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton. I would like to invite you to take part in my study.

What is the purpose of the study?

The focus of my research is factual TV series about mental health that involve people taking part in interventions. This could be therapy such as CBT, or it could be other activities like exercise, singing or decluttering. Examples include Mind Over Marathon (BBC1), The Hoarder Next Door (C4), Freaky Eaters (BBC3) and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4).

The study aims to find out how TV participants find the experience of being filmed and appearing on television and explore any positives or negatives of taking part. This research is an opportunity to talk about your ‘behind the scenes’ experiences of taking part in a television show. The aim is to give a voice to television participants with mental health issues and has the potential to inform how television series are made in future.

Who can take part?

I would like to speak to people who have been a main participant in a TV series involving taking part in therapy or activities related to issues such as anxiety, hoarding, OCD or phobias.

What is involved?

Taking part in the research involves being interviewed by myself. The interviews will take between 1-2 hours, but the length of time can be flexible depending on your needs. The interview will be arranged at a convenient location for yourself, or by Skype/telephone if more suitable.  Your name or personal details will not be used in any documents based on the research findings without your permission. Each participant will be given a fictitious name to protect their anonymity and any details that might identify you will be altered.

How do I get involved?

Please contact me by email if you would like to ask any questions or discuss being involved in the research. My email is: h.selby@brighton.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the School of Applied Social Science Research Ethics and Governance Committee of the University of Brighton: Ref: 2019-039

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Garfield Weston Foundation