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Proposal to Learn from BU School of Social Work's Hoarding Research Project

Fyi: I would like to reorganize this group to be of greater help to more members, so broached the possibility of our group's collaborating in some way with Boston University's School of Social Work, e.g., the Hoarding Research Project.  I have learned, however, that they canNOT take up this group to link interested members with their research, for example.

...It would be great if they eventually could launch a Cluttering Research Project to feed into their Hoarding Research Project (since some of us might be on a path toward hoarding), and offer free meetings (as well as some meetings for a fee?  -Whatever proves to draw the most people to meetings!), which I can no longer afford to do ... we might meet in restaurants at some mealtimes to discuss issues over a lunch or supper, but restaurants prefer (and sometimes require) meeting participants to pay for some refreshments in exchange for our use of their public space and facilities.


Here is some information about B.U.'s work in the area of clutter:


Your comments on how best to learn from one or another academic department's research in this area of interest to us all are welcomed- along with suggestions of when and where we might best meet to consider some such positive evolutions in our group.


Looking forward to hearing from you!


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  • Judy

    One member offered interesting info to ponder, e.g., so much emphasis on OCD hoarding these days vs ADD (which is her particular challenge). Another drove 50 miles in the blizzard to participate, and offered several ideas that BU's School of Social Work can consider presenting on. I'll poll members re: interest in the ideas suggested so I can approach B.U. again. I also gained another possible guest speaker.

    We dined with the Veg* Meetup (incl. Harvard grad student, math & econ teacher, computer game designer, & SanFran transplant)- some are clutter-challenged, others live a Zen-like existence. Thought-provoking to hear the different conversations juxtaposed: challenges of too much stuff being processed too slowly- and farmers in India committing suicide because Monsanto's genetically engineered seed don't produce more seeds for the next growing season; Monsanto provides some compensation to families if farmers die on the job, so they're drinking pesticides to help their families...

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Topics I'm personally interested in hearing from (and should I come up with more, I'll speak up again): - An intro (for laypeople) into what the Hoarding Research Project does and hopes to learn

    - What have researchers found tend to be common characteristics in those who hoard? (For example, do data show a concentration in areas like age, gender, emotional and psychological issues such as ADD and OCD, family history/birth order?)

    - What sort of treatments have been tried to help individuals who hoard? Which are most successful? - Is any research long-term enough to see whether hoarders are able to "re-train" themselves to have a _long-term_ healthy, functional relationship with their belongings and surroundings?

    November 12, 2012

  • Judy

    Any of us who might be interested in a talk by someone in B.U.'s department could decide which topic(s) we'd most like them to address; then they could try to find a speaker ... your own comments about a topic that would draw you to a meeting are welcomed here, too:

    August 1, 2012

  • Judy

    RECEIVED from Prof. Steketee: "Dr. Muroff and I understand you have been working with our Hoarding Project Director Andrea Kelley in seeking a speaker.... Please understand that Dr. Muroff and I are not able to take over your group or to use group members for our research studies. We ask that you please not post notices to this group that might imply this in any way. We are only able to include research participants for specific approved projects for which we put out calls for participants."

    July 30, 2012

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