New Stress Evaluation Could Lead to Predictions on Health Risks for Certain Demographics

BIPR’s clinical services offer support to individuals with a wide variety of disorders. Many of these disorders can lead to or result from stress, including depression, anxiety, trauma, issues with sexual and physical abuse, ADD/ADHD, parenting, and issues with life changes. New research from Carnegie Mellon University evaluates adult stress levels in the United States from the years 1983-2009.

Seeking to reveal whether or not gender, age, education, income, employment status, and ethnicity affected stress levels, researchers compared data from a phone survey performed in 1983 and two online surveys performed in 2006  and 2009, all involving the Perceived Stress Scale. All three surveys revealed that women, individuals with lower income, and individuals with less education experienced higher stress levels. The results also showed that older individuals experienced less stress than younger individuals, especially post-retirement. A close comparison of the 2006 and 2009 surveys exposed the fact that white, middle-aged, college-educated men with full-time employment were most negatively affected by the recession. Overall, the research illustrated Americans’ continued stress, and therefore risk for other health issues. In the future, these research results could also be used to evaluate which demographics are more at risk for certain health issues (including psychological disorders) related to stress.

To investigate more details of this research, read the article:

Who’s Stressed in the US? Adult Stress Levels from 1983-2009 Described

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