to rely on, and some of the same groups who report high stress
levels also report less social support.” Given the impact stress
has on health, prevention and intervention strategies should
be promoted to help Americans cope more effectively with
stress, she adds.
APA’s annual Stress in America survey is a component of
APA’s Mind/Body Health Campaign. The survey has provided
insight into leading sources of stress among Americans since
2007, looking at the causes of stress and how stress impacts
lives, health, relationships, families and work.
Each year, the Stress in America report is reported widely in
the media, educating consumers about the connection between
prolonged stress and health and the role of psychologists in
helping people manage their stress and live well. This year, the
report was covered by media outlets including USA Today,
Huffington Post, NBC Today.com, CNN Money, CNBC,
Bloomberg Businessweek and CBS This Morning. On Feb. 12,
APA’s Anderson participated in 15 radio interviews about the
survey, reaching an estimated audience of more than six million
Sophie Bethune is director of public relations and special projects
for APA’s Practice Directorate.
Further reading and resources
To read the full Stress in America report visit
This Web page also features articles aimed
at the general public to provide research-based
advice on how to tackle common behavioral
challenges related to stress, money and
• Stress management: How to strengthen
your social support network.
• Face the numbers: Moving beyond financial
• Happy couples: How to avoid money
• Money and the family: Creating good
• How stress affects your health.