Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 January 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Hoarding is characterized by excessive acquisition, difficulty discarding or letting go of objects, disorganization, and resulting clutter. Hoarding symptoms onset during childhood or adolescence and continue in an increasing and chronic course, affecting approximately 4% to 5% of adults. Adults who hoard tend to be unmarried and living alone and may have lower incomes; few gender effects have been identified. Associated features include difficulty with decision making, as well as perfectionism, emotional sensitivity, and strong attachment to objects. Insight is often low, causing problems for treatment and family intervention. Hoarding can cause serious physical (safety, health) and functional (financial, housing, employment) impairment that adversely affects the individual, family members, and the community. Hoarding has been associated with childhood adversity and various stressful life experiences, but not specifically post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms and features are reviewed, noting other chapters in this volume that provide more detail regarding various features.

Keywords: hoarding symptoms, hoarding features, acquisition, difficulty discarding, clutter

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.