Struggling to manage: a constructivist grounded theory of hoarding behaviours

Ruby‐Granger, V., Wilde, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-7416-4348, Seymour‐Smith, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1213-9160 and Zysk, E., 2023. Struggling to manage: a constructivist grounded theory of hoarding behaviours. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 1052-9284

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Hoarding behaviours can cause numerous problems including health risks, family conflict, and removal of children and pets from the home. Hoarding research typically adopts a cognitive-behavioural framework and uses quantitative methods; we aimed to further understand the development of hoarding behaviour from a qualitative perspective. Constructivist grounded theory methods were employed across two phases of data collection via semi-structured interviews with participants identifying as exhibiting hoarding behaviours. Provisional categories were developed in phase one; further data analysis in phase two helped to establish our grounded theory. The theoretical core is a struggle to manage possessions and life, including life transitions such as moving to a new home and starting or finishing university. ‘Struggling to manage’ incorporates emotional struggles with possessions and the impacts of personal trauma and overwhelming life events. A further category, ‘Trying to overcome hoarding’ incorporates participants' efforts to manage and overcome their hoarding. Findings highlight the importance of viewing hoarding in a holistic context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Creators: Ruby‐Granger, V., Wilde, D., Seymour‐Smith, S. and Zysk, E.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 5 July 2023
ISSN: 1052-9284
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 07 Jul 2023 14:41
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 14:41

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