Stress in America Part II

By WEEK Producer

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM CDT

Last week, we discussed general information about stress in America. Tonight we will look at the American Psychological Association survey as it relates to the differences between the genders.

The American Psychological Association confirms that American’s feel the impact of stress, but their statistics show that women are fairing worse than men when it comes to handling stress.

* Women report higher levels of stress compared to men (5.3 vs. 4.6 on a 10-point rating scale)
* 23 percent of women see themselves at a stress level of 8, 9 or 10 vs. men who 16 percent of men who see themselves as extremely stressful.
* More women say their stress has increased in the last 5 years compared to males.

How are men and women dealing with stress in their lives?

* Both men and women turn first to exercise and listening to music.
* Women tend to gravitate toward social interactions and sedentary activities such as reading (50 percent), and time with family (43 percent).
* Women say their use food as a release for stress more than men.
* 82 percent of women say that they believe that the impact of “Stress in America” is affecting their health and well-being compared to 75 percent of males.
* Women are affected more by lack of sleep, poor eating.

Women tend to be doing poorly, what else does the study show?

* Feeling nervous (42 percent) vs. males (27 percent)
* Feeling depressed (39 percent) vs. males (28 percent)
* Feeling like crying (38 percent) vs. males (17 percent)
* Fatigued (45 percent) vs. males (29 percent)
* Feeling a lack of interest, motivation or energy (39 percent) vs. males (29 percent)

Clearly, the “Impact of Stress on America” is dramatically hitting everyone, but women are illustrating a dynamic impact well beyond their male counterparts. In the coming weeks we will be talking about ways Americans can deal with stress in America

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