The impact of coronavirus on individuals with problematic hoarding behaviours

Leonardo F. Fontenelle, Julia E. Muhlbauer, Lucy Albertella, Jan Eppingstall

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We aimed at investigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on individuals with problematic hoarding behaviors. One hundred seventeen subjects with hoarding problems responded to the Coronavirus Stressful and Traumatic Rating Scale (COROTRAS), an instrument that quantified the number of coronavirus-related events, whether they were experienced as stressful, and the range of emotions resulting from them. The research subjects also answered self-report tools to evaluate the severity of hoarding, hoarding beliefs/motivations, social support, self-efficacy, internalized stigma, and other psychopathological symptoms. The number of stressful coronavirus-related events was predicted by lower age at onset of hoarding, decreased social support, greater severity of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and lower intensity of concerns over memory as drivers of hoarding. Two emotional states experienced in the aftermath of trauma, namely greater helplessness and lower sadness, and higher depression, anxiety and distress, predicted greater severity of hoarding. In conclusion, we were able to find significant associations between hoarding disorder phenotypes and covid-19 related stressful events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Coronavirus
  • Covid-19
  • Hoarding

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