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Title: Professionals' experience of working with compulsive hoarding : a Q-sort study
Author: Holden, Kathryn
ISNI:       0000 0004 2723 2266
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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Through examining evidence for an extant model of compulsive hoarding and considering the experience of professionals working with hoarders, this thesis improves current understanding of hoarding and the approach professionals take to its treatment. Section 1. The literature review considers empirical evidence for emotional attachment to objects, proposed as one of four key constructs in determining hoarding (Frost & Hartl's, 1996). Differences in emotional attachment to objects in hoarders compared to control populations, the impact of intervention on emotional attachment and evidence regarding the nature of emotional attachment in hoarding are considered. The paucity of research and methodological limitations inherent in this field are highlighted. Theoretical and clinical implications of the review findings are outlined. Section 2. The empirical report considers the experience of professionals working with hoarders using a Q-methodological approach. Interviews with professionals (N=5) experienced in hoarding were analysed using thematic analysis to develop a 49-item Q-set. Subsequently, professionals with experience of working with hoarders (N=36) participated in the Q-sorting task. Q-analysis and factor interpretation evidenced three distinct clusters of professionals: (1) therapeutic and client focused, (2) shocked and frustrated and (3) accepting but task focused. Directions for future research and clinical implications are highlighted.
Supervisor: Kellett, Stephen ; Davies, Jason ; Scott, Shonagh Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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