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Supporting recovery from hoarding and squalor: insights from a community case study


Raeburn, T and Hungerford, C and Escott, P and Cleary, M, Supporting recovery from hoarding and squalor: insights from a community case study, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, (8) pp. 634-9. ISSN 1351-0126 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/jpm.12227


People with hoarding behaviours acquire a large number of possessions that are often of limited or no monetary value and which they are unable or unwilling to discard. Such behaviours can substantially impair a person's ability to attend to their normal daily activities, cause substantial distress and lead to squalid living conditions. Living in squalor can compromise a person's health and safety, be a public health issue and present substantial challenges to family, carers, social service agencies and clinical mental health services. Hoarding and squalor behaviours are more common among people with co-morbid organic and mental illness, such as developmental delay, schizophrenia, alcohol dependence and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. This paper provides a narrative that explores the role of one Australian mental health nurse practitioner in the recovery of a person with hoarding behaviours.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108011
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-04
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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