If you think you’re stressed out, imagine being a teenager in today’s society. American teens say they experience stress in patterns similar to adults, and during the school year they
report stress levels even higher than those reported by adults.
These were the prime conclusions of APA’s poll Stress in
America™: Are Teens Adopting Adults’ Stress Habits?
The survey of adults and teens was conducted online on
behalf of APA by Harris Interactive Inc. last August.
Teens reported that their stress levels during the school
year far exceeded what they believe to be healthy ( 5. 8 vs. 3. 9
on a 10-point scale) and topped adults’ average reported stress
levels ( 5. 8 for teens vs. 5. 1 for adults). Even during the summer
— from Aug. 3 to Aug. 31, 2013, when interviewing took
place — teens reported their stress during the prior month at
levels higher than what they believe is healthy ( 4. 6 vs. 3. 9 on a
Many teens also reported feeling overwhelmed ( 31 percent)
and depressed or sad ( 30 percent) as a result of stress. More
than one-third of teens reported feeling tired ( 36 percent) and
nearly one-quarter of teens ( 23 percent) reported skipping a
meal due to stress.
Despite the impact that stress appears to have on their lives,
teens were more likely than adults to report that their stress
APA’s Stress in America™
survey finds unhealthy
behavior in teens, especially
during the school year.
BY SOPHIE BETHUNE
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