What are Americans stressed about? Find the answer in a new ICPSR data collection

A woman sits at a table with an open book, her eyes closed, and her hands on her temples, indicating stress

ANN ARBOR—How does Generation Z cope with stress? What do parents think their kids are stressed about? Find answers to these questions, and more, in a newly released dataset called “Stress in America, United States, 2007-2018 (ICPSR 37288),” a resource from the Resource Center for Minority Data and the American Psychological Association. 

Since 2007, the American Psychological Association (APA) has commissioned an annual nationwide survey as part of its Mind/Body Health campaign to examine the state of stress across the country and understand its impact. The Stress in America survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. The results of the survey draw attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and the inextricable link between the mind and body.

From 2007 to 2018, the research has documented this connection among the general public as well as various sub-segments of the public. Each year, the Stress in America surveys aim to uncover different aspects of the stress/health connection via focusing on a particular topic and/or subgroup of the population. 

Among findings noted in an American Psychological Association report from October 2018:

  • Generation Z Stressed about Issues in the News but Least Likely to Vote.
  • Americans increasingly stressed about the future of the nation.
  • Money and work continued to top the list of significant stressors tracked annually.
  • One notable finding was a potential increased tolerance for stress across all generations. 

Since the release of the Stress in America dataset in June 2019, it has been explored by more than 1.6 thousand ICPSR data users. Those interested in downloading the data should contact the Resource Center for Minority Data, an archive within ICPSR at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

Contact: David Thomas


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Sep 16, 2019

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