PubMed | University of Sheffield, c Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, a Sheffield Childrens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University of Swansea
Type: | Journal: Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England) | Year: 2016
The impact and burden of working with people that hoard is largely unexplored.To explore professionals varied experiences of engagement and intervention with this client group.Five semi-structured interviews were initially conducted with professionals with detailed experience of working with people that hoard. A thematic analysis then identified key statements for a 49-item Q-set. The Q-sort was subsequently administered to public sector professionals with wide experience of working with people who hoard (N= 36; fire-fighters, environmental health, housing and mental health). Organizational support and job-related wellbeing measures (anxiety/contentment and depression/enthusiasm) were also administered.Factor analysis identified three distinct clusters (a) therapeutic and client focused (N=15), (b) shocked and frustrated (N=2) and (c) pragmatic and task focused (N=5). Therapeutic and client focused professionals were significantly more content and enthusiastic regarding their work with clients with hoarding difficulties.Professionals experience and approach their work with people that hoard in discrete and dissimilar ways. Service delivery and training implications are considered.