Investigating the hypothesis that coping and nonattachment mediate complicated grief onto hoarding

Lee Matthew Lawrence, Bradley Elphinstone

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750-765
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • coping
  • diagnostic implications
  • grief
  • Hoarding
  • nonattachment

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