Christiana Bratiotis and May Luu both presented at the 24th Annual OCD Conference in San Francisco, July 2017. This conference was hosted by the International OCD Foundation. For more on the conference, click here.
Here is the abstract from May’s talk:
Although most hoarded homes are relatively clean, some develop poor living conditions like filth or disrepair. To date, little is known about how homes end up this way. The current study identified unique predictors and generated ideas about processes involved in the development of poor living conditions in hoarding. Three North American community agencies shared in-home assessment data for mainly involuntary clients with problematic living conditions, such as hoarded or filthy homes. Each site completed in-home assessments to evaluate client characteristics and living conditions. Study findings replicated at multiple sites suggest that both high clutter accumulation and kitchen or bathroom problems uniquely predicted squalor. Number of pets was also predictive of one specific indicator of squalor. Study findings also hinted that disrepair might be related to extreme clutter accumulation. These findings help explain how squalor fits into hoarding and have direct implications for community agencies that address problematic living conditions.