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2017 Stress In America Survey

This week the American Psychological Association (APA) released the findings of its annual Stress In America survey.  You can read some of the highlights below and for the full report click here.

Highlights from Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation include: 

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent).
  • More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember — a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • When asked to think about the nation this year, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report that the current social divisiveness causes them stress. A majority of adults from both political parties say the future of the nation is a source of stress, though the number is significantly higher for Democrats (73 percent) than for Republicans (56 percent) and independents (59 percent).


The full report is available at www.stressinamerica.org along with the press release, infographics and new Help Center content: 10 tips for dealing with the stress of uncertainty and Managing conversations when you disagree politically.

Here are links to early news coverage including interviews with APA CEO Dr. Arthur Evans published by Bloomberg News and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Evans also completed interviews with Huffington Post and NBC that is expected to be used in stories for NBC Nightly News and the NBC affiliates across the country

For those of you who tweet, we are using the hashtag #stressAPA. You can also retweet posts from Twitter pages @APA and @APAhelpcenter.