Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the future of the nation is a “very” or “somewhat significant” source of stress, ranking higher than perennial stressors like money and work, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. More than half of Americans surveyed 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 9/11 terrorist attacks. When asked to think about the nation this year, nearly 6 in 10 adults 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%) than for Republicans (56%) and Independents (59%).
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Natalie C. Dattilo, Ph.D., HSPP
IPA Public Education Coordinator
"PsychBytes” is a weekly educational resource from the Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) provided for psychologists, their colleagues and their patients.