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).
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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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