Differences in Children With and Without Attachment Objects from a Hoarding Perspective
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Attachment objects (e.g., security blankets) and children with attachment object are particularly interesting to study in regards to authenticity and ownership. Children with attachment objects seem to value their security blankets more than children who do not have attachment objects. These strong feelings may translate to other possessions and may even be the beginning patterns of hoarding/collecting. Thirty-four children both with attachment object and without attachment objects were recruited for this study to examine the differences between the two groups. A toy preference task was modified from Hood and Bloom (2008) to analyze how children thought about their attachment objects as well as their other toys. Parents of the children were also administered the Child Saving Inventory (CSI) (Storch et al., 2011) in order to examine children's hoarding behaviors. It was predicted that children with attachment objects would not only show a stronger preference for all of their toys, but that they would also score higher on the CSI. Results indicated that although children with attachments did show significantly stronger preferences for their attachment objects, they did not show higher levels of hoarding compared to children without attachment objects based on the CSI.