One hundred and four participants across Australia (M age = 58.28, SD = 12.84; 52.9% male; 1% did not indicate) completed online questionnaires to investigate complicated grief (CG) symptoms, coping, and nonattachment onto hoarding behavior. Generally speaking, expected correlations were found. The hypothesis that coping and nonattachment would mediate grief onto hoarding was partially supported. Only mental disengagement reported to partially mediate the relationship between CG and hoarding. Hoarding can be explained in part by attempts to distract oneself from negative emotions of loss, perhaps at best viewed as a risk factor maintaining hoarding, when considering the methodology.
- diagnostic implications