Measurement of compulsive hoarding

The Clutter / Hoarding scale by the ICD.  Developed by the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (now known as the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) in 2002, is a standardised measurement of the external physical aspects of compulsive hoarding.  This is useful as a measure, before treatment and to gauge progress.  It evaluates:

  • Structure and zoning
  • Pets and rodents
  • Household functions
  • Sanitation and cleanliness

The Compulsive Hoarding Rating Scale by OCF developed in 2004 by Frost, Steketee and Grisham has three subscales measuring clutter, difficulty discarding and saving, and acquisition.  This is available as a paper version and also as a Compulsive Hoarding Online Self Assessment Tool

It is important to note the disclaimer 'This questionnaire is for informational purposes only and is not intended to function as a psychological or psychiatric assessment. Diagnosis of psychiatric disorders requires a careful evaluation by a trained professional.'

Hoarding Assessment Tool developed by Randy O Frost is a comprehensive four page document which covers a telephone screening, condition of the dwelling and client assessment.

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