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Money stress weighs on Americans’ health

While aspects of the U.S. economy have improved, money continues to be a top cause of stress for Americans, according to APA’s Stress in America: Paying with Our Health survey released on Feb. 4.

According to this year’s survey results, parents, younger generations and those who live in households with below median income report higher levels of stress than Americans overall, especially when it comes to stress about money.

“Regardless of the economic climate, money and finances have remained the top stressor since our survey began in 2007,” says APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD. “Furthermore, this year’s survey shows that stress related to financial issues could have a significant impact on Americans’ health and well-being.”

Common stressors

The survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of APA among 3,068 adults in August 2014, found that 72 percent of Americans reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the

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