Study of hoarding behaviours

My name is Victoria Barnes and I’m currently conducting my PhD research at Nottingham Trent University on 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.

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, my contact details are:

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.