What are your experiences of seeking, accepting and receiving treatment for Hoarding Disorder?

My name is Dr James Gregory and I am a researcher based in the department of clinical psychology at the University of Bath. I am currently looking for participants who wish to take part in a study gathering information regarding people’s experiences of treatment for hoarding disorder.

What is the purpose of the study?

Research indicates that some people who experience hoarding difficulties may not want to take the help being offered to them. If they do, they can find this help challenging, particularly if it is focused on discarding possessions. The aim of this study is to hear about people with hoarding difficulties’ experiences of seeking, accepting and receiving support with their problems, so that we can understand the issues that people have faced with the aim of developing more acceptable and effective forms of support.

Who are we looking for?

Participants should be:

· People over the age of 18 who consider themselves to have difficulty discarding possessions, to the extent that living spaces are difficult to use for their intended purpose.

· People who are willing to talk about their experiences of seeking (or not), accepting (or not) and/or receiving support for their hoarding problems.

What will I be asked to do?

Taking part in this study would mean participating in a conversation about your experiences of seeking, accepting and receiving support for problems related to hoarding difficulties. This can take place either face to face or over the telephone. We will also describe to you a psychological treatment for hoarding difficulties that we are developing and would value your feedback, regarding how sensible or not this approach sounds to you based upon your experiences. The interview will be audio recorded to capture the important information provided and then transcribed to enable later analysis.

Will my experiences and responses be kept confidential?

Yes, absolutely. Any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and anonymous. All of the information which is collected from you during your participation and throughout the study will be kept confidential and will conform to the Data Protection Act of 1998 and in accordance with the new GDPR guidelines.

Travel and expenses

There is a small budget allocated to cover reasonable expenses (including travel). If the study is suitable for you and you continue to take part after a brief screening activity, you will be provided with a £15 Amazon voucher.

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in participating or just want to know more please contact a member of the research team:

Dr James Gregory

Clinical Psychologist E-mail: j.d.gregory@bath.ac.uk

James Hicks

Research Assistant

E-mail: jjh96@bath.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee (Reference Number: 19-241)