reactions to hoarding

research study


Previous research has found that family members have reported experiencing burden in response to living with or caring for a loved one who has difficulties with hoarding (Tolin, Frost, Steketee, & Fitch, 2008). Currently, less is known about the effects that loved ones’ behaviors have on individuals’ who have hoarding problems.

What are we investigating?

The purpose of the study is to understand loved ones’ reactions to hoarding-related behaviors (e.g., difficulty discarding, acquiring, clutter).

Who may be eligible to participate?

Individuals with a hoarding problem and their loved ones may be eligible to participate in this study if:

1. The individual with the hoarding problem and his/her loved one (i.e., their partner, child, parent, or sibling) are between 18-75 years of age

2. The individual with the hoarding problem and his/her loved one either live together or spend a substantial amount of time together (i.e., an average of at least 4 hours per week together)

What will eligible participants be asked to do?

In order to assess eligibility for the study, participants will be asked to complete a brief screening questionnaire, online. Eligible participants will then be asked to complete online questionnaires and a telephone interview.

Eligible participants will be compensated for participating in the study.


Welcome to the Reactions to Hoarding study website!

Do you or your loved one have difficulty throwing things away?

Is your or your loved one’s home cluttered with possessions?

Do you or your loved one have a strong urge to buy or acquire items that do not have an immediate use?

Study Overview