Schizotypy and help‐seeking for anxiety

Blanch, Sheree and Barkus, Emma (2021) Schizotypy and help‐seeking for anxiety. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 15 (5). pp. 1433-1436. ISSN 1751-7885

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Background: Delays in help-seeking for anxiety are common; however, earlier interventions improve long-term outcomes. This holds importance for high schizotypes since anxiety relates to psychotic symptom development. The study investigated whether schizotypal traits and anxiety itself influence help-seeking behaviour.

Methods: A non-clinical student sample (N = 800) completed the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale and General Help-Seeking Questionnaire, vignette version online.

Results: Recognizing another's help need was associated with lower anxiety scores. A trend was observed between lower schizotypy scores and better recognition of self-need for help. Actual help-seekers (N = 163) had significantly higher schizotypy and anxiety scores than non-help-seekers.

Conclusion: Schizotypal traits independently contribute to delays in help-seeking for anxiety. Approaching informal help sources whom also have anxiety symptoms can delay formal help-seeking, unless they have sought help themselves.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: This research has been conducted with the support of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Schizotypy, anxiety, help-seeking, clinical staging models
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 09:42
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 09:45

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