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141. The Impact of Daily Stressors and Interpersonal Conflicts on Subsequent Daily Mood in Individuals at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis
Stressful life events are associated with the development of many mental health conditions, including psychosis; however, the role of stressors and conflicts is less clear. This study examines the impact of daily stressors and interpersonal conflicts on subsequent daily mood in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHRp).
62 CHRp individuals completed a daily-diary questionnaire over 7 days in which they reported their emotional states, if they experienced any stressful events or interpersonal conflicts and how stressful each event was for them.
In a preliminary analysis, emotional state ratings were combined to create a daily negative mood index and this index was used to evaluate mood on days following those with and without stressful event and interpersonal conflicts. There weren’t significant differences in mood following days when experiencing stress and not experiencing stress (t(73)=0.69, p=0.46). However, there was a significant difference in mood on days following reported interpersonal conflict or not (t(109)=2.25, p= 0.03). These results suggest that CHRp individual’s mood may be susceptible to negative changes on days following interpersonal conflicts than on days following stressful events in general. These findings suggest the need for better understanding of the relationship between stressful events, interpersonal conflicts and CHRp individuals.