Category: Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Symposium

Symposium 114 - Issues Involving Special Populations in Hoarding Disorder

Sunday, November 19
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom B, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Hoarding | Community-Based Assessment / Intervention | Aging / Older Adults
Presentation Type: Symposium

Hoarding disorder is marked by difficulty discarding possessions and resulting accumulation of clutter in the home. Problems with hoarding can negatively affect quality of life in many ways, from interfering with relationships and the use of the home to posing health and safety risks. Although research into this intriguing problem has accelerated greatly since the DSM-5 described it as a distinct diagnostic category, much remains unknown, especially with regard to certain subgroups that are particularly relevant to hoarding. This symposium will describe research on three of these subgroups: older adults, animal hoarding, and individuals who do not voluntarily identify as having a problem with hoarding. Several studies have documented increased risk of hoarding among older adults (e.g., Dong, Simon, Mosqueda, & Evans, 2012; Koenig, Lesiste, Spano, & Chapin, 2012), but the lifespan course of hoarding symptoms and their associated risks has not received careful attention. In this symposium, Brent Stewart will present population norms for the Saving Inventory – Revised across adult age groups to provide context for interpreting scores on this popular assessment tool and to consider implications for the course of collecting and saving behaviour across the lifespan.


Current knowledge about the phenomenon of hoarding has primarily been drawn from samples of individuals who volunteer for research or seek treatment. Although data from these sources have greatly increased understanding of hoarding behaviour, still unknown is the degree to which such information generalizes to individuals who actively shun the attention of researchers or health services providers. This symposium will discuss two examples: animal hoarding and cases that come to the attention of community agencies. Animal hoarding appears to be a special manifestation of hoarding disorder (Frost, Patronek, & Rosenfield, 2011), but research on this topic has been sparse, in part due to lack of insight or even delusional ideation on the part of individuals who hoard animals. Christiana Bratiotis, a leading expert on community-based interventions for hoarding, will present her qualitative research based on case files from animal welfare organizations. Sheila Woody will compare treatment-seeking clients with two samples of individuals receiving hoarding interventions from community-based human services agencies in Canada. Taken together, these three talks provide a window into understudied subgroups of those with hoarding disorder.

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Sheila Woody

Professor
University of British Columbia

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Jordana Muroff

Assoc Prof
Boston University

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Brent Stewart

University of British Columbia

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Christiana Bratiotis

Assistant Professor
Portland State University

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Sheila Woody

Professor
University of British Columbia

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