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|DIGITAL ETHNOGRPAHY AND HOARDING DISORDER: AN INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE
|Dr. Paul Jerry (Athabasca University) Dr. Murray Anderson (Athabasca University)
|Dr. Erich Ochs (Registered Psychologist)
|Master of Counselling
|Faculty of Health Disciplines
|Hoarding Disorder (HD), a psychological condition which impacts an individual’s ability to discard possessions, affects the well-being of the afflicted individual and those around them. Current HD treatment outcomes demonstrate the need to improve intervention strategies, as many HD clients do not find success with current methods. Though many studies about HD have been done, little research from the perspective of those affected exists. Digital social interactions, via online communities, has provided an alternative platform for individuals in/directly affected by HD to connect and relate their experiences. This investigation used a digital-ethnographic approach to explore online communities of individuals with HD, their friends, family members, and the public, to gain more insider-perspective on HD and how treatment modalities may be improved. This investigation has shown that more emotional-focused support, along with a stronger therapeutic alliance, and public-education surrounding the condition, may improve HD interventions.
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