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Future research directions in children and hoarding

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 June 2020

Andrew G. Guzick
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-3411, USA
Sophie C. Schneider
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-3411, USA
Eric A. Storch
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-3411, USA
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Despite a rapidly growing understanding of hoarding disorder (HD), there has been relatively limited systematic research into the impact of hoarding on children and adolescents. The goal of this paper is to suggest future research directions, both for children with hoarding behaviours and children living in a cluttered home. Key areas reviewed in this paper include (1) the need for prospective studies of children with hoarding behaviours and those who grow up with a parent with HD; (2) downward extensions of cognitive-behavioural models of adult HD that emphasise different information processing and behavioural biases in youth HD; (3) developmental research into the presentation of emerging HD in childhood compared with adulthood presentations of the disorder, with consideration of typical childhood development and unique motivators for childhood saving behaviours; (4) developmentally sensitive screening and assessment; and (5) the development of evidence-based treatments for this population. The paper concludes with a discussion of methodological suggestions to meet these aims.

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