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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.

 

Requirements:

  • 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.

 

Research question: Does the addition of contextual information to objects, change how those with hoarding disorder assign value compared to those with obsessive compulsive disorder and non-clinical participants?

 

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 Ingrid Evans

Research into Peoples’ Experiences of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

 

 

You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you agree you must understand what your participation would involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully.

Who am I?

My name is Georgia Bitmead-Sadik, I am an undergraduate student in the School of Psychology at the University of East London, and I am studying for a BSc (Hons) in Counselling. As part of my studies, I am conducting the research you are being invited to participate in.

What is my research?

I am researching peoples’ experiences of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or another approach to therapy e.g., Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)  towards hoarding issues, in addition to, other mental health problems present. My research has been approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee. This means that my research follows the standard of research ethics set by the British Psychological Society.

Why have you been asked to participate?

You have been invited to participate in my research as someone who fits the kind of people, I am looking for to help me explore my research topic. I am looking to recruit participants aged eighteen years and above, who have been recognised as having a Hoarding issue and experiencing mental health issues, excluding autism.  Also, I am looking for participants who have had 6 sessions or more of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or another approach to therapy which, at some point during treatment, aimed to address the hoarding. No other specific criteria such as ethnicity and gender are required.

I emphasise that I am not looking for ‘experts’ on the topic I am studying. You will not be judged or personally analysed in any way and you will be treated with respect.

You are quite free to decide whether to participate and should not feel coerced.

What will your participation involve?

If you agree to participate, it will be an informal interview, consisting of 6-7 uestions relating to your experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or another approach to therapy, in managing your hoarding condition along with your mental health issues. The interview will be audio recorded. The duration of the interview should last between 50/60 minutes but may go over. Interviews will take place over audio-only on Microsoft Teams, a group chat software with collaboration tools. I will not be able to pay you for participating in my research, but your participation would be very valuable in helping to develop knowledge and understanding of my research topic.

Your taking part will be safe and confidential

Your privacy and safety will always be respected. Your identity will remain anonymous from the data collected, on any written material resulting from the data collected, or in any write-up of the research. You do not have to answer all the questions asked and can stop, take a break or withdraw from the interview at any time with no questions asked. If you are unable to continue with the interview due to distress/upset but would be happy to continue at a different time.

What will happen to the information that you provide?

Information will not be shared with anyone apart from my research supervisor.  For each transcript, an altered, unique participant name or ID number will be used, either provided by myself or you. Data will be kept confidential by changing all names and identifying references (e.g. name of a place, name of service) in the transcriptions of the Interviews. In the case of a publication, extracts from the anonymised interview transcript will be available for reading by my research supervisor, examiners, and readers. At the end of the research study, anonymised data and consent forms may be kept by me so that a later write-up of the study can be offered to you; and/or, to be used for further analysis towards a published research article/chapter or a future research study. In any other case, they will be destroyed. All information about the above will be kept in a password-locked folder than I only have access to and will not be kept longer than five years. You have three weeks after the data is collected to request to withdraw your data from the research after which, the analysis will begin, and withdrawal will no longer be possible.

What if you want to withdraw?

You are free to withdraw from the research study at any time without explanation, disadvantage or consequence. Separately, you may also request to withdraw your data even after you have participated data, provided that this request is made within 3 weeks of the data being collected (after which point the data analysis will begin, and withdrawal will not be possible.

Contact Details

If you would like further information about my research or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on U1723647@uel.ac.uk

If you have any questions or concerns about how the research has been conducted, please contact the research supervisor Joe Schwaerzler. School of Psychology, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ,

Email:  J.Schwaerzler@uel.ac.uk

or

Chair of the School of Psychology Research Ethics Sub-committee: Dr. Tim Lomas, School of Psychology, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ.

Email: t.lomas@uel.ac.uk

 

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

Email: Dr James Gregory

James Hicks
Research Assistant

Email: James Hicks

 

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

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: h.selby@brighton.ac.uk

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

The Benefits of Support Groups for Health and Well-being

 

 

I am Charlotte Robinson, a MSc Masters student, studying psychological well-being and mental health at Nottingham Trent University.

This is a study which will contribute to research on the benefits of support groups on our mental health and well-being.

This survey will first require you to answer a few demographic questions about yourself such as age and sex, followed by a question asking about the type of support group that you attend and how long you have been attending it. The study will then proceed to a questionnaire which will include sub scales measuring perceived compassion received from others in the group, group identification, perceived social support, self-compassion, satisfaction with life and a small questionnaire asking about your mental health symptoms within the last week. These questions will all be multiple choice based on scale response answers, in which you select the response which is most accurate to how you feel.

You may skip any question in which you feel that you do not wish to answer. At the end of the survey there will be contact details of three mental health charities for if you feel you need further support with any of the mental health issues mentioned in the survey.

All responses to questions will be kept confidential in a password protected file that only the myself and my project supervisor have access to. Once the project has been completed all data files and results will be deleted. Before the study begins you will be asked to provide and remember a unique identifier (e.g. ABC123) which will preserve your anonymity. You have the right to withdraw at any point during the study by simply exiting the questionnaire and your data will not be saved. If however you have completed the study and then want to withdraw your data you will need to email the address provided at the end of the study quoting your unique identifier. Your results will then be removed from the study and deleted; however by emailing this will give up your anonymity.

There is also an opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 amazon voucher. To take part you may enter your email address at the end of the survey in order to be entered into the draw. However by providing an email address this will give up your anonymity.

The link for the online questionnaire is:

https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cx96TBFbEkf5TcF

Any questions please contact me

Thank you

Charlotte Robinson
MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health
Nottingham Trent University

Reference Number: 17-232

Do you Struggle to Stop Yourself Buying or Collecting Things?

 

 

Research by Lucinda Gledhill, Dr Helena Drury, Dr Juliana Onwumere & Dr Victoria Bream

I would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study. The study looks at compulsive acquiring (buying or collecting items) in Hoarding Disorder.

Current evidence for psychological therapy for people who struggle with hoarding indicates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as the most effective. However, we know that sometimes it can be challenging to attend weekly sessions of therapy. While CBT for Hoarding Disorder is efficacious (Tolin et al., 2015), research suggests that combining CBT with practice in self-control may be beneficial in learning to inhibit acquisition. We are piloting a novel online intervention of response-inhibition training with the aim of helping people to resist the urge to acquire.

What would your participation involve?

The study involves a time commitment of between 16 and 32 continuous days. ​ Brief (5-minute) questionnaires are completed every day of this process with text reminders being sent to facilitate this. Participants will be asked to engage in four sessions of 10-minute response-inhibition training, using an online task, twice during their time on the study.

You will be given £20 as a small gesture of thanks at the end of your participation, and a further £10 if you volunteer to provide feedback about how you found the study on its completion.

Who can take part in this study?

We are looking for:

  • people with hoarding difficulties
  • people who struggle specifically with compulsive acquisition (collecting or buying)

​To be eligible for this study you must:

  • Have daily access to the internet
  • Have daily access to a desktop computer or laptop
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Meet diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder (assessed by the research team)
  • Engage in compulsive acquisition (assessed by the research team)
  • Not be diagnosed with any organic brain injury or neurological disorder

How long will it take?

Participation in the study ranges from between 16 – 32 days (approx. 5-10 minutes each day). Number of participation days will be dependent on randomisation.

Where will the study take place?

Apart from an initial telephone call and an optional feedback call at the end of the study, all parts of this study are completed online. You can access the programme wherever you wish, using your own internet at home, or in a public place such as a library or internet café. However, we recommend a quiet place where you can concentrate. You must also have a laptop or desktop computer available to use (the online task cannot be completed on a smart phone).

Is it confidential?

Yes. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How to get more information about the study?

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or would like to discuss any aspect of the study, you can contact:


Lucinda Gledhill

Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
King’s College London
Email: lucinda.gledhill@kcl.ac.uk

Dr Juliana Onwumere (Research Supervisor)
Clinical Psychologist
King’s College London

Email: juliana.1.onwumere@kcl.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the King’s College London Research Ethics Committee. Reference Number: HR-17/18-5229

What do you think of Social Workers?

 

My name is Amy Honeysett and I am a student completing my Social Work Masters degree at the University of Leeds.  As part of my dissertation I am conducting a study into perceptions of the social work role in cases of hoarding.

I am interested in finding out what people who have had some experience of hoarding consider the social work role to be and whether they see any relevance of it to their own situation.

Who is being asked to participate?

I am looking to recruit people who self-identify as having an issue with hoarding and who access a hoarding support group.

  • You do not need to have a diagnosis or label. If you feel that you have an issue with hoarding you can be included regardless of the severity of this hoarding.
  • You must already be a member of a hoarding support group so that you have support available if you find that the topic of this study brings up any difficulties or emotions for you.
  • You do not need to have had any involvement with adult social care or social workers.

What will be involved if I take part in this study?

You will be asked to complete questionnaire, designed to take approximately 20-30 minutes. Your responses will be anonymous. You will not be asked to provide any personal information that could identify you.

The first section of the questionnaire asks some short questions to gather information about who has chosen to participate. You will then be asked to complete one of two sections depending on whether or not you have had contact with a social worker about your hoarding. There is then an optional section where you are asked to rate your hoarding behaviour on a scale.

You can be provided with a paper copy of the questionnaire or you can complete the questionnaire online by going to
https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/perceptions-of-the-social-work-role-in-cases-of-hoarding

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact:
Amy Honeysett
hc16a3h@leeds.ac.uk
0113 328 1304

Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the University of Leeds School of Healthcare Research Ethics Committee (Project reference number: HREC17-029)

Do People Who Hoard Experience Intrustive Images?

 

 

Research by Nick Stewart & Dr James Gregory

I would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study.

The study looks at the kinds of images or pictures that commonly pop into people’s minds.

Currently we know very little about the images experienced by people with hoarding difficulties (people who have difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, to the extent that possessions congest and clutter the home).

​By finding out more about these images, we hope to find new psychological approaches for helping people to overcome mental health problems.

What would your participation involve?

The study involves a telephone interview and an online questionnaire.​

You will be given a £5 Amazon voucher as a small gesture of thanks and a small donation made to a hoarding charity on your behalf if you wish.

Who can take part in this study?

We are looking for:

  • people with hoarding problems
  • people with no current mental health difficulties (so we can compare the experiences of people with and without hoarding difficulties)

​To be eligible for this study you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Either have difficulties with hoarding OR have no current mental health difficulties
  • Not be diagnosed with any organic brain injury or neurological disorder
  • Not have a past or current diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar disorder
  • Not have a current problem with substance dependence

How long will it take?

Taking part in the study should take around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Where will the interview take place?

You can take part in the study from any location with a telephone or Skype/Facetime. There is also an online questionnaire, for which you will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access. Please note that you can complete the questionnaire by post if you prefer.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How to get more information about the study?

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or would like to discuss any aspect of the study, you can visit the study website:

https://hoarding.wixsite.com/research

or contact:

Nick Stewart
Clinical Psychologist in Training
University of Bath

Email: hoarding.research@bath.ac.uk

​Telephone: 07976 799609

Dr James Gregory (Research Supervisor)
Clinical Psychologist
University of Bath

Email: j.d.gregory@bath.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Bath, Ethics Committee. Reference Number: 17-123

Investigating How We Categorise Our Possessions

 

 

Research by Alice Kilvert & Dr James Gregory

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of categorisation in people who hoard.

Some people have profound difficulty in letting go of valued possessions. This difficulty can lead to rooms becoming disorganised over time so that the space is no longer useable nor recognisable. This can be referred to as a hoarding problem. It is proposed that people who hoard valued possession find it hard to sort items into categories.

We are interested in exploring to see if there are any differences in how people who hoard categorise objects compared to people who don’t hoard valued possession in quite the same way.

 What would your participation involve?

  1. You will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview.
  2. If you meet the inclusion criteria you will be then asked to complete a set of questionnaires.
  3. You will be invited to the university to participate in a testing session where you’ll be asked to sort objects into different categories.

You will be given a £5 as a small gesture of thanks and a small donation made to a Hoarding Charity on your behalf if you so wish.

Who can take part in this study?

We are looking for people with hoarding problems, and individuals without these problems.

How long will it take?

In total, it is expected that participation involves approximately three hours.

Where will the interview take place?

The initial phone interview will be done over the phone /Skype, depending on your preference. The testing will occur at the University of Bath, or at your home if you are unable to travel there.

How are the questionnaires administered?

The questionnaires can be completed online or by post, depending on your preference.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and securely stored.

How to get more information about the study?

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or would like to discuss any aspect of the study, please contact:

Alice Kilvert
Clinical Psychologist in Training
University of Bath
Email: akilvert-hoarding@bath.ac.uk or ack39@bath.ac.uk
Dr James Gregory (Research Supervisor)
Clinical Psychologist
University of Bath
Email: j.d.gregory@bath.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the University of Bath, Ethics Committee. Reference Number: 16-324

Understanding Attachment in Hoarding Disorder

 

The study is designed to investigate how people decide to discard possessions.  The study will take place at Newcastle University and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete: as thanks for your participation you will be offered a £10 gift voucher. Should you choose to participate in the study you will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires. You will then be asked to familiarise yourself with a series of words and objects before participating in the main body of the study. Throughout the experiment you will also be asked to fill out several short rating scales.

If you are interested in taking part in this study or have any questions about the study please contact the primary researcher or their supervisor on the email addresses below

Primary researcher: Robyn Beecroft ( MSc Student)

Supervisor: Dr Sue Thorpe ( Programme Leader)

NOTE: ETHICAL APPROVAL GRANTED FOR THIS PROJECT AND HELD ON FILE

Psychological Characteristics of Hoarders and Collectors

 

My name is Dr Nick Neave, I am a psychologist from the University of Northumbria, and I’d like to invite you to take part in an online questionnaire as part of my research into the psychological characteristics of hoarders and collectors. You will be asked to report your age and sex, and then complete seven questionnaires, which should take no longer than 30 minutes. The questionnaires will ask about your hoarding/collecting, your obsessive-compulsive tendencies, the extent to which you empathise or systemise, how anxious you feel generally, how you feel attachments to objects, and the extent to which you anthropomorphise (ascribe human characteristics to inanimate objects). Once you have completed the questionnaires you will be asked to read the participant debrief information and be given the choice to withdraw your data from the study. Your data will remain confidential.

If you want to take part in the survey please follow the link below:

https://nupsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dg6c8LHBEkgYacR

NOTE: HELD ON FILE

Gratefully funded by

Garfield Weston Foundation