New resources from APA focus on money issues

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The 2014 Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) took a close look at how stress about money is affecting Americans. The survey report, Stress in America™:  Paying with Our Health (PDF, 1.17MB), released on Feb. 4, shows that money continues to be a top cause of stress. The survey findings also revealed that Americans have a hard time discussing money matters with their family.

Eighteen percent of those surveyed said money is a taboo subject in their family, and 36 percent say talking about money makes them uncomfortable. Almost a third of adults with partners (31 percent) reported that money is a major source of conflict in their relationship.

Among survey respondents, 43 percent of those who said they have no emotional support reported that their overall stress increased in the preceding year, compared with 26 percent of those who say they have emotional support. Forty-six (46) percent of those who said they have no emotional support say they felt depressed or sad due to stress in the last month, compared with 32 percent of those who said they have emotional support.

Find public education resources at the Psychology Help Center

As part of the 2014 Stress in America survey, APA has developed free resources to educate the public about emotional support, discussing money and managing stress. The materials are available for download and printing on the Psychology Help Center at APA’s website. APA members and state psychological associations are encouraged to distribute these resources to patients and others in your community and can link to the articles from your websites.

For more information about the survey results, see the 2014 Stress in America survey report (PDF, 1.17MB).

Note: Stress in America™: Paying With Our Health was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of APA among 3,068 adults in August 2014.