Who can take part?
You can take part if you:
- have hoarding difficulties
- experience obsessions and compulsions/OCD
- have no current mental health difficulties (so we can compare the experiences of people with and without mental health difficulties)
You may feel you have both OCD and difficulties with hoarding. You can still be part of this study if this is your experience. You'll be asked near the beginning which of these difficulties you currently feel is most impacting on you.
Who can't take part?
Unfortunately, this isn't suited if you:
- have been diagnosed with any organic brain injury or neurological disorder
- have undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the past or at present
- are under the age of 18
- are currently receiving psychological treatment
- do not speak English
- are currently dependent on substances (not prescribed medication)
This is an online study and will take about an hour of your time.
You can complete the study through an online link that will be sent to you by email.
You can also take part by arranging to meet with Sarah Densham (lead researcher) at the University of Bath. If you live locally to Bath, we may be able to reimburse travel costs.
You'll be asked to complete a consent form to say that you have understood and consent to participation. You'll then continue to the next page to complete some brief screening questionnaires to make sure that the study is suitable for you. This will take about 20 minutes. It is possible that you may not be eligible to take part.
If the study is suitable for you then you'll be asked to complete an online memory task. This task involves recalling specific memories in response to word cues that will be presented on your computer screen. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
You will then be asked to complete one further questionnaire about any difficult life experiences, which is entirely optional to complete. This will take around 20 minutes.
After you have completed the study, you'll be taken to a page which provides some extra debrief information about the study.
What you'll get in return
Whilst we can't guarantee that the information you give will be able to help you directly, we hope to develop our understanding of hoarding and the ways in which we can improve the effectiveness of treatment.
If the study is suitable for you and you continue to take part after screening, you'll receive a £5 Amazon voucher.
Previously, we've unfortunately learned that online studies are at risk of fraudulent activity, such as trying to participate multiple times. Where such activity is suspected, we'll withhold payment.
This study has received ethical approval 1 and your personal information will kept confidential and anonymous 2.
If you have questions about your rights as a participant, you can contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee.