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J Clin Psychol. 2011 May;67(5):507-16. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20794. Epub 2011 Mar 4.

Compulsive hoarding in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida, 800 6th Street, South, Box 7523, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA.


This article discusses the nature and treatment of compulsive hoarding among children. We summarize the phenomenology of compulsive hoarding, including its clinical presentation, comorbidity with varied mental disorders, and associated impairment. The limited data on treatment outcome are presented along with a behavioral framework that we utilized to treat youth who hoard. Our approach is highlighted in the context of a case illustration of an 11-year-old girl suffering from compulsive hoarding and several comorbid mental health disorders. We conclude with recommendations for clinical work with this challenging and neglected population.

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