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, 34 (4), 341-50

A Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Compulsive Hoarding

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A Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Compulsive Hoarding

R O Frost et al. Behav Res Ther.

Abstract

Compulsive hoarding is a little studied phenomenon within the research literature. The information available on compulsive hoarding is diverse and not well integrated. In the present article we propose a tentative cognitive-behavioral model of compulsive hoarding. The purpose of such a model is to provide a framework for the development and testing of hypotheses about compulsive hoarding. In this model hoarding is conceptualized as a multifaceted problem stemming from: (1) information processing deficits; (2) problems in forming emotional attachments; (3) behavioral avoidance; and (4) erroneous beliefs about the nature of possessions. Specific hypotheses about each of these are discussed.

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  • Hoarding, Compulsive Buying and Reasons for Saving
    RO Frost et al. Behav Res Ther 36 (7-8), 657-64. PMID 9682522.
    Two studies examined hypotheses about compulsive hoarding, compulsive buying and beliefs about saving and discarding derived from the cognitive-behavioral model of compul …

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