Stress in Adults


Date created: November 2020 by APA

Stress By Age and Gender

Gen Z has higher levels of stress compared to other age groups. Women have higher perceived stress levels. This is bolstered with the results of a youth report where heterosexual males have the lowest stress levels. This is not to say that men are immune to stress—men are less likely to see doctors about stress symptoms and manage stress differently than women.

  • Americans aged 15 – 29 and 30 – 49 have the highest stress levels, 64% and 65% respectively. Worry is also high in both age groups at 50% and 52%.
  • Women experience more stress based on a self-rating stress survey, women rated themselves as stressed at 5.1 on a scale of 1 – 10 while men’s stress levels are at 4.4.
  • 36% of women report high levels of stress due to their acceptance of their physical appearance and body image, compared to only 23% of men.
  • Three-quarters of workers believe their generation is dealing with more stress than previous generations.
  • 91% of non-conforming US LGBTQ youth report high levels of stress.
  • CIS boys have the lowest stress levels among gender identities at 79%.
  • 30% of older people report not feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with stress symptoms. In comparison, only 7% of young adults expressed the same sentiments.

Women and Stress

It has often been shown that women are the worriers and often do not make time to manage their health and take care of themselves. The infographic below shows what effects stress can have on women and offers effective strategies that can help them reduce the negative effects of everyday stressors.

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