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Developing a model of hoarding behaviours

28 March 2018

This study aims to develop a model of hoarding behaviours using interviews with people who hoard to find out how hoarding behaviours develop and the meaning of possessions. I am also interested in talking to professionals who work with those who hoard, e.g. professional organisers, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists. Interviews can be face to face, over Skype or via telephone, whichever is most convenient for you. Interviews would last around 60-90 minutes.


  • Can answer YES to TWO OR MORE of the following:
  • 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?
  • Can answer YES to BOTH of the following:
  • 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?

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Ethical approval

Ethical approval was granted by the Nottingham Trent University College of Business, Law and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee on 10th June 2016. Additional ethical approval was granted for further interviews on 8th March 2018.

About the researcher

I'm a PhD student in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University with interests in hoarding behaviour, OCD, mental health, ecopsychology and our relationships with possessions and living space.

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