You are being invited to take part in a research study investigating different predictors for hoarding disorder. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. You can email the researcher at if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of the study?    The purpose of the study is to see how childhood adversity and reflective functioning predicts hoarding behaviours.   

Why have I been chosen?

you have been invited to take part in this study as you are part of a hoarding support group.

Do I have to take part?

No, it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.    

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

We will be collecting and storing non-identifiable information from you in order to undertake this study. The University is responsible for looking after the security of the stored data and using it properly. We may keep the data for up to 10 years after the study has finished.

All study data will be held in accordance with The General Data Protection Regulation (2018). The data will be stored in archiving facilities in line with the University of Glasgow retention policy of up to 10 years. Data will also be shared with other researchers on the project team. Anonymised and processed data may also be made available to other researchers via a public data repository, such as the Open Science Framework.

Your non-identifiable information might be shared with people who check that the study is done properly. Your data will form part of the study result that will be published in expert journals, presentations, student dissertations/theses and on the internet for other researchers to use. Your name will not appear in any publication.

What will happen to the results of the research study?    If any participants wish to obtain a copy of the results, they may email one of the researchers at: - Ilsang Moon

Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you wish to receive information about the study and/or a summary of the anonymised group results please feel free to contact Ilsang Moon.


I have read the Information Form for participants and so understand the procedures and have been informed about what to expect;

I agree to participate in this study looking at different predictors, such as childhood adversity and reflective functioning, contribute to hoarding disorder;

I understand that my participation in this study is voluntary, and that I can withdraw from the study, at any time and for any reason, without having to give a reason to the researcher;

I understand that I may omit any questions that I would prefer not to answer;

I understand that my participation in this project is for the purposes of research, and is in no way an evaluation of me as an individual;

I understand that any information recorded in the investigation will be made and kept anonymous and will remain confidential and no information that identifies me will be made publicly available;

I understand that I can contact the researcher(s) for this project; by e-mail to receive more information and/or a summary of the anonymised group results.

I understand that this consent form with my name is being collected for the sole purpose of recording that I have agreed to take part and that it will be destroyed by May 2031. Recordings of my voice/ responses/data will be kept until May 2031 and no identifying information will be archived for future research and plagiarism checking with the write-up of this project.

I confirm that I agree to the way my data will be collected and processed, and that data will be stored for up to 10 years in University archiving facilities/password protected computer in accordance with relevant data protection policies and regulations.

By continuing, you are agreeing to the information presented above, you are agreeing to participate in this study, and you are giving consent for your data to be used in the investigation.