Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Professionals' perceptions of effective interventions with elderly hoarders
by Hernandez, Silvia Sofia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 99; 1523171
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore the perceptions of professionals in two areas: (a) The impact of education and family support on an elderly hoarder's willingness to obtain treatment for hoarding, and (b) the effectiveness of current interventions utilized to weaken resistance to treatment. Data were gathered by distributing a self-administered questionnaire to a sample of 31 professionals who are making efforts to treat hoarding behaviors among elderly hoarders.

The results indicated a significant negative correlation between education and the hoarder's resistance to treatment and a non-significant negative correlation between family support and the hoarder's resistance to treatment; a positive but not significant correlation between all other factors that may have an impact on the hoarder's resistance level and the hoarder's actual willingness to treatment; and a positive but insignificant correlation between all currently used interventions utilized to weaken an elderly hoarder's resistance to treatment. Cronbach's Alpha for reliability ranged from lack of internal consistency to excellent. Research limitations, along with implications for future research and social work practice and policy are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glezakos, Agathi
Commitee: Santhiveeran, Janaki, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Education and hoarding, Elderly hoarders, Family support, Hoarding, Interventions with hoarding, Professionals and hoarding
Publication Number: 1523171
ISBN: 978-1-303-20359-6
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