Wu, Kevin D.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Clinical psychology; Compulsive hoarding--Psychology--Research; Hoarders--Psychological aspects--Research; Memory--Physiological aspects--Research
Poor confidence in memory has demonstrated associations with hoarding symptoms but no study has examined the direction of this relationship using an experimental procedure. The current study addresses a gap in the literature by testing the hypothesis that poor confidence in memory causes difficulty discarding possessions during a behavioral hoarding task. Additionally, perfectionism is examined as a potential moderator of the relationship between confidence in memory and difficulty discarding. Consistent with prior research, support was found for a relationship between confidence in memory and hoarding symptoms; however, no support was found for a causal relationship between confidence in memory and difficulty discarding. Furthermore, perfectionism did not moderate the relationship between confidence in memory and difficulty discarding. Findings are interpreted in the context of the cognitive-behavioral model of hoarding and the statistical and methodological limitations of the current study. Next, practical and theoretical implications of study findings are discussed. Finally, suggestions for future research on hoarding, metamemory, and related constructs are outlined.
Rogers, Arielle P., "A multimethod experimental investigation of the relationship between hoarding symptoms and confidence in memory" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 418.
Northern Illinois University
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