The aim of the present study was to assess the feasibility and efficacy of an in-home decluttering and discarding program delivered by undergraduate student volunteers. Participants with hoarding disorder (n = 6) attended a 15-week CBT program and began Clutter Buddies at Week 12. Clutter Buddies consisted of eight, weekly 2-h decluttering and discarding sessions that included motivational interviewing and routine outcome monitoring. Participants completed questionnaires assessing hoarding severity, clutter, and cleanliness of the home at baseline (pre-CBT) and at post-treatment (post-Clutter Buddies) and reported how satisfied they were with the Clutter Buddies program at post-treatment. Overall, participants reported reduced clutter and hoarding symptoms and a cleaner home at post-treatment as compared to the start of group CBT, with 66.67% of participants achieving clinically significant change. Additionally, participants self-reported high levels of satisfaction with the Clutter Buddies program and consistently expressed interest in receiving more and longer sessions. As volunteer-led home assistance increases the accessibility of treatment without increasing its cost to clients, integrating a volunteer-based in-home program may improve CBT outcomes for individuals receiving treatment for hoarding disorder.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2020|
- hoarding disorder
- home sessions
- client satisfaction
- student volunteers