An exploration of beliefs and experiences of individuals with current or past hoarding problems

Catherine Reid is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at Newcastle University, who is conducting this research project as part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology thesis and working under the supervision of Dr Claire Lomax, a Qualified Clinical Psychologist and Course Director of the Newcastle University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. They are looking for adults (18+) who live in the UK or Ireland to take part in this online study who have previously or are currently experiencing difficulties with hoarding behaviours.

If you can answer yes to two or more of the following questions you may be eligible to participate:

Do you feel the need to save the majority of stuff you own?
Do you find it hard to get rid of stuff?
Does not being able to get rid of stuff make you upset or worried, or cause problems in your work or personal life?
Do you have so much stuff in your home that it is hard to move around or use rooms for their intended purpose?
Does the amount of stuff in your home make you feel upset, worried, or distressed, or cause problems in your work or personal life?

What is the purpose of this study?

We know that hoarding can be a serious problem that can have a significant cost to the individual in lots of areas of their life, such as with their family, their ability to work and maintain social contacts. However, we know that people with hoarding problems often don’t seek treatment, and if they do, they seek it after living for a very lengthy time with the problem. We wish to explore the reasons for this further.

This study aims to explore and develop a greater understanding of the perspectives of people with current or previous hoarding problems (with or without OCD) regarding accessing treatment for hoarding. We would also like to ask individuals if they think they would be able to, or would want to change their hoarding behaviour. This study is part of a programme of research that aims to increase our understanding of the problem so that we can improve assessment and treatment of it.

What will you be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a set of screening questionnaires. These questionnaires will be completed online.
After completing the screening questionnaires, some participants may be contacted by the researcher via email and asked to complete an additional research task. This research task will also be completed online.

You will be entered into a prize draw to win a £20 e-voucher as a token of our appreciation for participating in the study.

Who can take part in this study?

We are seeking adults (aged 18+) who live in the UK or Ireland who have previously or are currently experiencing difficulties with hoarding behaviours (with or without OCD).

How long will it take?

In total, it is expected that you will be giving up around 30 minutes of your time to read the participant information sheet, give your consent and fill in the questionnaires. There is no time limit.

Does this study have ethical approval?

Yes! The study has full ethical approval from Newcastle University. It is unlikely that the questionnaires will cause distress for the participants. If you would like to see copies of the questionnaires, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Will be information be kept confidential?

Yes! All the information that we get from this study will be confidential, anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. All the digital information will be stored electronically on a secure server at Newcastle University that will be protected with a password and only accessible to the research team.

How do I take part in this research?

To take part in this study, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Any questions about the research can be directed to Catherine Reid who is the lead researcher on the email address below:

This study was approved by the Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Ethics Committee, part of Newcastle University's Research Ethics Committee. This committee contains members who are internal to the Faculty, as well as one external member. This study was reviewed by members of the committee, who must provide impartial advice and avoid significant conflicts of interests.