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121. Differences between help-seeking and non help-seeking individuals at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis
Differences in recruitment strategies for research targeting Clinical High Risk (CHR) for psychosis can produce variation in the personal characteristics of included individuals, including their self-identification of need for clinical services. In this study, 78 participants were recruited from the general population and enrolled for meeting attenuated positive symptom CHR criteria. 28 individuals were personally seeking help for their CHR symptoms whereas the other 50 individuals did not consider themselves help-seeking. This study examines demographic and clinical characteristics of CHR participants self-identified as help-seeking versus not. The two groups were similar in age, gender and education; however, those who were help-seeking had higher IQ (t=-2.97, p=.004). There were no significant differences in overall positive symptoms, social or role functioning scores between groups. Those who were help-seeking did report significantly more negative (t=-2.83, p=.006), disorganization (t=-3.10, p=.003), t=4.88) and general (t=-5.45, p<.001) symptoms. Examining individual positive symptoms, those who were help-seeking had higher scores on perceptional abnormalities than their non help-seeking peers (t=-2.55, p=.013). These results suggest that negative, disorganized and/or general symptoms may be a better predictor of help-seeking behavior in CHR individuals. Further research is necessary to determine the role of additional individual differences including insight and stigma.