Cognitive Aspects of Nonclinical Obsessive-Compulsive Hoarding

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Cognitive Aspects of Nonclinical Obsessive-Compulsive Hoarding

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Title: Cognitive Aspects of Nonclinical Obsessive-Compulsive Hoarding
Author: McNally, Richard; Luchian, Sara A.; Hooley, Jill

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Citation: Luchian, Sara A., Richard J. McNally, and Jill M. Hooley. 2007. Cognitive aspects of nonclinical obsessive-compulsive hoarding. Behaviour Research and Therapy 45(7): 1657-1662.
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Abstract: Research on the cognitive variables associated with obsessive-compulsive hoarding is scarce. In this study, we investigated cognitive variables that may contribute to the maintenance and possibly etiology of hoarding. College students who characterized themselves as either "packrats" (nonclinical hoarders; n = 21) or not (control participants; n = 20) completed questionnaires assessing hoarding behavior and beliefs about hoarding, and completed a task requiring them to categorize diverse objects and trinkets of minimal value into groups. The results revealed that nonclinical hoarders, relative to control participants, rated the categorization task as significantly more stressful and difficult. Relative to control participants, hoarders took longer to complete the task and sorted objects into more categories. These findings suggest that underinclusiveness and indecisiveness, characteristic of clinical hoarders, are evident in nonclinical hoarders as well.
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