Hoarders study probes role of loved ones

A Toronto researcher has launched the first study of its kind to explore a key but little understood aspect of hoarding: the link between hoarders and their loved ones.

“It’s referred to as accommodation — the tendency for family members to do things that ultimately make it easier for hoarders to continue hoarding,” says Martin Antony, chair of the psychology department at Ryerson University.

Accommodation in hoarding is not unlike the enabling or co-dependent behaviour often seen in the loved ones of alcoholics and drug addicts, he added.

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