Acceptability of treatments and services for individuals with hoarding behaviors

Published on Oct 1, 2016in Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders1.391
· DOI :10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.07.001
Carolyn I. Rodriguez16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Stanford University),
Amanda R. Levinson5
Estimated H-index: 5
(SBU: Stony Brook University)
+ 6 AuthorsHelen Blair Simpson41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Columbia University)
Abstract Objective To explore the acceptability of currently available treatments and services for individuals who self-report hoarding behaviors. Method Between 10/2013 and 8/2014, participants were invited to complete an online survey that provided them descriptions of eleven treatments and services for hoarding behaviors and asked them to evaluate their acceptability using quantitative (0 [not at all acceptable]−10 [completely acceptable]) Likert scale ratings. The a priori definition of acceptability for a given resource was an average Likert scale score of six or greater. Two well-validated self-report measures assessed hoarding symptom severity: the Saving Inventory-Revised and the Clutter Image Rating Scale. Results Two hundred and seventy two participants who self-reported having hoarding behaviors completed the questionnaire. Analyses focused on the 73% of responders ( n =203) who reported clinically significant hoarding behaviors (i.e., Saving Inventory-Revised scores of ≥40). The three most acceptable treatments were individual cognitive behavioral therapy (6.2±3.1 on the Likert scale), professional organizing service (6.1±3.2), and use of a self-help book (6.0±3.0). Conclusion In this sample of individuals with self-reported clinically significant hoarding behaviors ( n =203), only 3 out of 11 treatments and services for hoarding were deemed acceptable using an a priori score. While needing replication, these findings indicate the need to design more acceptable treatments and services to engage clients and maximize treatment outcomes for hoarding disorder.
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