APA ANNUAL SURVEY – STRESS IN AMERICA™: THE STATE OF OUR NATION

On November 1, 2017, APA released the results of its Stress in America survey. As many of you know, the findings of this annual survey are usually released in February. (The survey was fielded in August.) However, upon reviewing the results and seeing how strongly they tied into the current political climate, APA decided that from a news cycle perspective, releasing the outcomes now was appropriate. The full report (PDF file), along with additional information, media coverage, interviews with APA CEO Dr. Arthur Evans and more is available at the Press Room of the Stress in America survey: www.stressinamerica.org.

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).

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