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Advisor: Wintersteen Jefferson Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


The purpose of these studies was to a) examine the implications of an online behavioral health screening program among screening participants aged 18+ in Philadelphia and surrounding communities and b) assess treatment or other help-seeking behaviors following an online screening. Data from the Healthy Minds Philly online behavioral health screening program collected from March through October 2015 (N=3356) ascertained demographic variables, as well as screening outcome measures. The data were analyzed using chi square and logistic regression modeling to assess the association between demographic variables and screening outcome. 77.0% of online screening participants positively endorsed some form of behavioral health concern, suggesting the likelihood of selection bias in those completing the screening. Data indicated that participants ages 18-24; females; and those who were single, widowed, or divorced were more likely to positively endorse a behavioral health concern. Those with a history of prior behavioral healthcare treatment were also more likely to positively endorse a behavioral health concern. The findings indicate that online screening participants were more inclined to engage in help-seeking behaviors. Pilot data on follow-up (N=26) suggests that 34.6% of screening participants sought treatment following the screening. All participants who followed-up with a professional evaluation continued to see their behavioral healthcare professional regularly. The online screening program is effective at identifying participants with potential behavioral health challenges, particularly amongst those who may be seeking to validate their own concerns or are help-seeking, in general. Further research is necessary to increase screening more universally and examine the impact of this intervention on a more representative sample of the community. Additional research on help-seeking behaviors and patterns would also be beneficial in overall prevention and early intervention efforts.

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