Chart of the Week: What Is Our Greatest Source of Stress?

Chart of the WeekWe have so many obligations as Americans that it’s no wonder that things inevitably stress us out! The American Psychological Association recently published a report on stress, concluding that stress about money and finances are the nation’s most prevalent source of strain. In 2014, the top four sources of stress—when people were asked on an individual source basis—were money (64%), work (60%), family (47%), and health (46%).   

Stressing Out Over Money

In fact, almost three-quarters of adults say they feel stressed about money at least some of the time, and almost one-quarter feel extremely stressed about money—sometimes putting their health care needs on hold due to concerns about finances. Parents, younger generations, women, and people living in lower-income households (income of $50,000 or less) report higher levels of stress than other Americans when it comes to money.  In addition, the survey revealed that financial struggles can lead to poor decision-making, but people can alleviate this stress and health can be improved through support such as financial planning.

Summary

  • Stress about money and finances are the nation’s most prevalent source of strain.
  • In 2014, the top four sources of stress were money (64%), work (60%), family (47%), and health (46%).
  • Almost three-quarters of adults say they feel stressed about money at least some of the time, and almost one-quarter feel extremely stressed about money.
  • Parents, younger generations, women, and people living in lower-income households report higher levels of stress than other Americans when it comes to money.

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Financial struggles can lead to poor decision-making, but people can alleviate this stress and health can be improved through support such as financial planning.  Learn more: Individual Investors | U.S. Investment Professionals

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