An Evaluation of an Ambiguous Loss Based Psychoeducational Support Group for Family Members of Persons Who Hoard: A Pilot Study

Jennifer M. Sampson, Janet R. Yeats, Steven M. Harris

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Abstract

The current study is a pilot evaluation of a six-week psychoeducational-support group based in an ambiguous loss framework for family members of people who hoard. Findings suggest that participants who completed the six-week intervention group (N = 8) indicated positive results at the two-month follow up interview, reporting an increased understanding of family members' hoarding behaviors and their own experiences related to the hoarding behavior and its impact on the family system. Participants also reported that having personal and professional support from others who understand hoarding behavior was helpful to them in lowering psychological distress and improving interactions with their family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-581
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Ambiguous loss
  • Family
  • Hoarding
  • Hoarding behavior
  • Psychoeducation
  • Support group

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