Friday, June 12, 2009

Is Hoarding a Big Deal?

From the: National Association of Social Workers

As the percentage of the older population in the United States continues to grow over the next few decades, social workers will likely encounter the behavior of hoarding more often in their work. Yet, many of us do not have expertise in dealing with this issue...

Over the past few years, media coverage involving hoarding cases has resulted in increased attention to this issue by the public and by researchers and has raised several pervasive questions: What causes certain individuals to hoard possessions? What characteristics do they share? How can social workers and other professionals effectively intervene on their client’s behalf while considering the needs of the community at large?.." More