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The potential benefits of colour in supporting people with compulsive hoarding disorder

Jones, C (2014) The potential benefits of colour in supporting people with compulsive hoarding disorder. Mental Health Practice, 18 (3). pp. 29-32. ISSN 2047-895X

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Abstract

Public health officials are beginning to recognise the significance of compulsive hoarding disorder. As clutter accumulates and obliterates living space, the world of the compulsive hoarder can become drab, dull and achromatic. Many people with the condition report having difficulties finding important items such as passports and other documents that become submerged under piles of hoarded material. Using an exploratory cross-sectional survey design, a volunteer sample of 15 members of a national hoarding therapy group was recruited. Participants were asked to take home sheets of coloured fluorescent card (colour markers) and use them to assist in defining or influencing their home environment. The purpose of the study was to explore what potential benefit colour may have on the environment and also the psycho-emotional benefits of colour for the person with the disorder. The study concluded that both the choice of colour and the way in which the colour marker was used appeared motivationally beneficial and served to inspire attempts at reducing or removing clutter.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: RCN Publishing
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 09:14
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 09:16
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2233

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