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Development of a brief psychoeducational group intervention for carers of people with Hoarding Disorder: A proof-of-concept study

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
Early online date18 Mar 2016
Accepted/In press17 Mar 2016
E-pub ahead of print18 Mar 2016


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Hoarding Disorder (HD) is a burdensome and disabling mental health condition, which is associated with substantial functional disability and represents a major public health issue. Hoarding problems can also have a major adverse impact on the relatives/carers of people who hoard. The current study evaluated the impact and acceptability of a brief psychoeducational group intervention for carers of people with HD.

Twelve family carers of people with HD took part in a six-week manualised psychoeducational group. Measures of knowledge about HD, caregiving experiences, expressed emotion, wellbeing, distress, and coping styles were taken at pre-, post-intervention, and 1-month follow-up. Results The results indicated significant improvements post-intervention in carer reported wellbeing, positive experiences of caregiving, and understanding of HD. No changes were observed in carer reports of caregiver burden, distress, expressed emotion, and coping styles. Satisfaction and perceived helpfulness were high.

A relatively brief, group-based intervention can support carers in their understanding of HD and positively impact on their own wellbeing and relationship with their relative with HD. Replication with a larger sample and controlled design is required.

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