CBT with an Adolescent with Hoarding Disorder - A single case experimental design

Rose Knight, Rachel Davies, Paul Salkovskis, James D. Gregory

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Hoarding disorder (HD) in young people is little understood yet research conducted in adult populations suggests that the onset of HD occurs in early adolescence. There are no empirically based guidelines for how to treat hoarding in young people. This is the first case study adopting a single-case experimental design and hoarding specific measures to treat an adolescent with hoarding disorder. After a baseline period, a 15-year-old female received 13 sessions of cognitive-behavioural therapy for hoarding disorder, focussing specifically on excessive acquisition. There were substantial changes in well-being, which reflected modest changes in hoarding symptoms. The work is discussed in relation to issues of assessment and the utility of the adult HD evidence base for understanding HD in children in addition to making suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-156
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Cognitive Therapy
Issue number2
Early online date8 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Adolescent
  • CBT
  • Child
  • Hoarding disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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