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Association Between Self-Regulation and Hoarding Symptoms

Title: The Association Between Self-Regulation and Hoarding Symptoms: An Experimental Investigation.
Name(s): Timpano, Kiara R., author
Schmidt, Norman B., professor directing dissertation
Jolles, Adam, outside committee member
Joiner, Thomas E., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Frost, Randy O., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The capacity to exert control over one's behavior is known as self-control and this ability to self-regulate is a necessary component for directing personal behavior toward achieving a specific goal. Self-regulation operates within a resource model, and inherent in this framework is the ability for an individual to practice self-control and to strengthen this resource. The phenomenon of self-control has a number of implications, which include the association between a lack of self-control and various forms of psychopathology. Compulsive hoarding is one phenomenon wherein self-control may play a substantial role. Within a translational research framework, this investigation sought to extend the study of self-control to (1) a sub-clinical hoarding population, and (2) to determine if practicing self-control in a non-OCD/hoarding related domain might have an impact on an individual's ability to resist saving behaviors. Study 1 utilized a multi-method approach and revealed that lower levels of self-control were robustly linked to greater hoarding symptoms. We furthermore found that depleting levels of self-control lead to a direct, subsequent increase in saving behaviors on a behavioral index of hoarding. Study 2 examined the effects of self-control practice on hoarding symptoms. We found that participants in the practice condition saved less items than those in the non-practice condition at Time 2. The implications of self-regulation for hoarding will be discussed from a vulnerability standpoint, as well as a treatment perspective.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1294 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: May 22, 2009.
Keywords: Hoarding Vulnerability, Self-Control Practice Condition, Behavioral Index of Hoarding, Self-Regulation, Hoarding
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Norman B. Schmidt, Professor Directing Dissertation; Adam Jolles, Outside Committee Member; Thomas E. Joiner, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member; Randy O. Frost, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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