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12/04/2011

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Note to learners:

This paper (a previously submitted paper which earned a grade of A) is provided to act as an example of one way which this final research paper might be approached. It is not intended to be an example of the only way to approach this paper. Much of how this paper is constructed depends upon the topic selected. Make sure to reference the requirements of the paper, found in the guidance document and also feel free to contact the professor if you have any questions.

Introduction

Two brothers, Homer and Langley Collyer, lived in a highly reclusive residence in Harlem, New York in the early 20th century. In 1947, the brothers made headlines when an anonymous caller reported and insisted to the police that there was a dead body in the Collyer residence. Authorities came to investigate and found the entrance of the home blocked by clutter. They tried to remove tons of garbage to gain entrance, but were unsuccessful. They finally entered the home through a second-floor window after which they found the body of the older brother, Homer, among boxes and trash. Because of the huge amount of garbage in the house, it took about three weeks to find the body of the younger brother, Langley, who had died from suffocation after being crushed by a tower of bundles of newspapers. The brothers’ bodies were found several feet from each other.

Langley had been crawling through a newspaper tunnel in their home to bring food to his older brother, who was blind, when one of his many traps fell down and crushed him. He planted the traps to prevent intruders from entering their home, and to protect the “wealth” of items they had collected throughout their lifetime. After Langley’s death, Homer died of starvation. Authorities eventually removed more than 100 tons of materials from the Collyer’s house, which included thousands of books and newspapers, several grand pianos, the chassis of a Model T Ford, an X-ray machine, rusted bicycles, and mounds of trash (Steinfatt, 2010; Koretz and Gutheil, 2009). Homer and Langley Collyer’s story illustrates the extent that people go to hold on to things they believe are important to them. This bizarre behavior is called hoarding.

Hoarding is a clinical syndrome that affects millions of people across the United States. This disorder can have devastating consequences not only for the individual struggling with this condition, but also to those close to them and the community. Clutter in the homes of people with hoarding problems is extremely disorganized resulting in unhealthy and hazardous living conditions. Individuals with compulsive hoarding problems show lack of awareness of the severity of their behavior. They deny the problem, resist help that is offered to them, and fail to follow through with treatments.





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