Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 566–581

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
Original Paper

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.

Keywords

Hoarding Psychoeducation Support group Hoarding behavior Family Ambiguous loss 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer M. Sampson
    • 1
  • Janet R. Yeats
    • 1
  • Steven M. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hoarding Project, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Family Social Science DepartmentUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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