Stress in America: APA’s 2015 survey on the effects of discrimination

Each year since 2007, the American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted a survey on stress in the U.S. The results of the 2015 survey were released in early 2016. In addition to results of the annual surveys, the association provides publicly available information and resources on stress as a general factor in our lives. This most recent survey focused on the impact of discrimination on stress in our lives. The press release gives a very good quick overview.

The amazing fact for me is that 7 in 10 adults report having experienced some form of discrimination, while 6 in 10 report experiencing discrimination on a day-to-day basis. 47% report experiencing serious discrimination, like unfair stops by police, negative behavior from new neighbors when relocating, being discouraged from continuing one’s education, or unfair treatment when receiving healthcare.
     American Psychological Association (2016). Stress in America: The impact of discrimination. Stress in America™ Survey

Modern life is challenging for most of us. Adding discrimination to the mix can make life extremely stressful and downright unhealthy. Please take a look at the highlights of the report when you get a chance. Behavioral health providers should certainly be well-informed about this important subject.

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