2020 STRESS IN AMERICA GRAPHS
Informational charts from Stress in America
2020 STRESS IN AMERICA METHODOLOGY
Describes the methodology used to conduct the May 2020 Stress in America™ survey.
STRESS IN AMERICA™ 2020: STRESS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19, VOLUME ONE
To better understand how individuals are coping with the extreme stress of this crisis, APA has adapted its annual Stress in America poll into a monthly analysis of stressors and stress levels.
APA STRESS IN AMERICATM REPORT: HIGH STRESS RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS IS THE NEW NORMAL FOR MANY PARENTS
Online learning, basic needs, missing milestones contribute to parental stress.
SASSE’S DISRESPECTFUL REMARKS RE PSYCHOLOGISTS IGNORE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN AMERICA, SAYS APA PRESIDENT
A statement by Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president APA, in response to remarks by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, during an online commencement address Saturday to Nebraska's Fremont High School.
MORE DIFFICULT TO FILE CLAIMS OF CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT UNDER NEW EDUCATION DEPT. TITLE IX RULE
APA expressed disappointment regarding a final rule published by the U.S. Department of Education making it more difficult for victims of campus sexual assault to file complaints and limiting the definition of sexual harassment to the most extreme cases.
APA LAUNCHES EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
APA has launched an exploratory committee to support applied psychologists, who use research, theory and methods to enhance human performance and well-being in a wide range of settings, including the workplace, product design teams, exercise and sports organizations, educational institutions and the criminal justice system.
APA APPLAUDS ADMINISTRATION, CMS FOR APPROVING PHONE-ONLY TELEHEALTH COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS
APA applauded the administration and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for expanding Medicare coverage for audio-only phone services during the coronavirus pandemic, including psychotherapy, health behavior assessment and intervention services, and other behavioral health services.
APA CALLS FOR DESTIGMATIZING CORONAVIRUS
APA joins with prominent health groups such as the World Health Organization in condemning the use of language linking the coronavirus with China or a specific region within China.
APA TO STATES, INSURERS: PROVIDE ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE DURING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
APA called on states and insurers to move quickly to allow people to connect with their mental health providers remotely using telehealth as the need for mental health services rises during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PEOPLE PRONE TO DISENGAGE FROM DIFFICULT TASKS AND GOALS MAY EXPERIENCE GREATER COGNITIVE DECLINE AFTER RETIREMENT
Certain middle-aged and older adults, especially women who tend to disengage from difficult tasks and goals after they retire, may be at greater risk of cognitive decline as they age.
PSYCHOLOGISTS AVAILABLE TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Experts can offer insight on mental health implications, risks, community response, social distancing, racism and xenophobia, and talking to children about the pandemic.
APA APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR FUNDING EFFORTS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
APA applauded Congress and the president for swiftly enacting $8.3 billion in emergency funding in response to the coronavirus, but also appealed to the public to remain calm and heed the best scientific advice to deal with the spread of COVID-19.
APA REAFFIRMS POSITION ON VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR
There is insufficient scientific evidence to support a causal link between violent video games and violent behavior, according to an updated resolution adopted by the American Psychological Association.
APA REAFFIRMS PSYCHOLOGISTS' ROLE IN COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE
Psychologists have a key role to play in addressing climate change and treating the mental health effects that arise from changes to the planet’s weather patterns.
APA UPDATES RESOLUTIONS RELATED TO LGBTQ ISSUES
APA has revised three key policies related to LGBTQ issues to take into account the most recent research and changes in law, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage.
WEIGHT-BASED BULLYING LINKED TO INCREASED ADOLESCENT ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA USE
Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE HALT TO SHARING IMMIGRANT YOUTHS' CONFIDENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY NOTES WITH ICE
APA expressed shock and outrage that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has been sharing confidential psychotherapy notes with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deny asylum to some immigrant youths.
IMPROVING EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION KEY TO PROTECTING INNOCENT PEOPLE
Law enforcement officials can reduce mistakes by eyewitnesses to crimes if they follow a series of recommendations that include interviewing witnesses as soon as possible after a crime and videotaping the session.
RELIGIOUS, MORAL BELIEFS MAY EXACERBATE CONCERNS ABOUT PORN ADDICTION
Moral or religious beliefs may lead some people to believe they are addicted to pornography even when their porn use is low or average
MAJORITY OF US ADULTS BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TODAY
As the effects of climate change become more evident, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change.
PEOPLE MAY LIE TO APPEAR HONEST
When people obtain extremely favorable outcomes, they anticipate other people’s suspicious reactions and prefer lying and appearing honest over telling the truth and looking like selfish liars.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING ALLOWING IMPLEMENTATION OF ‘PUBLIC CHARGE’ RULE
Statement of APA President Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration to begin implementing a new 'public charge' rule that would limit the eligibility of low-income immigrants to access federal programs, including health, housing and nutrition programs.
GRUS APPOINTED CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER OF APA
Catherine L. Grus, PhD, a former assistant professor of psychology and 15-year veteran of the American Psychological Association, has been named the association’s chief education officer.
STRICT ADHERENCE TO TRADITIONAL MASCULINITY ASSOCIATED WITH MORE SEVERE PTSD IN VETS
To help service members perform better in the field, military training emphasizes the importance of certain traits associated with traditional masculinity, including suppression of emotion and self-reliance, but this can lead to difficulties such as PTSD.
WHEN CAREGIVERS NEED CARE
People who regularly care for or assist a family member or friend with a health problem or disability are more likely to neglect their own health, particularly by not having insurance or putting off necessary health services due to cost.
CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE CANNABIS RESEARCH LESS CUMBERSOME, APA SAYS IN WRITTEN TESTIMONY
Congress should streamline the cumbersome, redundant and unnecessary regulations surrounding research on cannabis, making it easier for psychologists to continue studying its beneficial uses and developing effective treatments for its abuse.
APA COMMENDS CONGRESS FOR ALLOCATING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH
Reducing gun violence is a top priority of APA.
STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL WHEN THEY CAN UNDERSTAND, MANAGE EMOTIONS
Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores.
LONELINESS MAY BE DUE TO INCREASING AGING POPULATION
Despite some claims that Americans are in the midst of a 'loneliness epidemic,' older people today may not be any lonelier than their counterparts from previous generations.
APA CRITICIZES PROPOSAL TO STOP ENFORCING NON-DISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR HHS GRANTS
APA strongly criticized the administration’s proposal to halt enforcement of nondiscrimination requirements in Department of Health and Human Services grant rules, asserting that removing such protections will harm the most vulnerable populations.
INTERNATIONAL LEADERS OF PSYCHOLOGY ISSUE RESOLUTION AFFIRMING CLIMATE CHANGE A ‘SERIOUS GLOBAL THREAT’
The leaders of more than 40 psychological associations from around the world have signed a resolution asserting that climate change 'is a serious global threat, is occurring faster than previously anticipated, and is contributed to by human behavior.'
PERSONALITY TRAITS AFFECT RETIREMENT SPENDING
How quickly you spend your savings in retirement may have as much or more to do with your personality than whether you have a lot of debt or want to leave an inheritance.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD MEET TO DISCUSS APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGY TO STEM CLIMATE CHANGE
The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 nations gathered for the first International Summit on Psychology and Global Health and signed a proclamation agreeing to apply psychological science to advance progress on combating climate change.
APA ELECTS ATLANTA CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR JENNIFER KELLY 2021 PRESIDENT
Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, owner and director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine, has been elected the 2021 president of the American Psychological Association.
STATEMENT OF AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO DECISION OVERTURNING SO-CALLED ‘CONSCIENCE’ EXCEPTION TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE
Rule could have denied health care to vulnerable populations, APA asserts
BLOODLINES MAY MATTER MORE THAN LOVE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH
Strained relationships with parents, siblings or extended family members may be more harmful to people’s health than a troubled relationship with a significant other.
OLDER ADULTS FIND GREATER WELL-BEING IN SMALLER SOCIAL NETWORKS, STUDY FINDS
Quality social relationships boost well-being and may be as important to people under age 45 as they are to those over age 60.
2019 STRESS IN AMERICA METHODOLOGY
Describes the methodology used to conduct the Oct. 2019 Stress in America™ survey.
HEALTH CARE, MASS SHOOTINGS, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAUSING AMERICANS SIGNIFICANT STRESS, NEW STRESS IN AMERICA™ SURVEY FINDS
A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election, according to this year’s Stress in America™ survey by APA.
2019 STRESS IN AMERICA GRAPHS
Informational charts from Stress in America
STRESS IN AMERICA™ 2019: INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS
Interactive graphics to display and interpret results from the current Stress in America survey
MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS WITH BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER POTENTIALLY AT HIGHER RISK FOR HEART ATTACKS, STUDY SAYS
Middle-aged adults who show symptoms of borderline personality disorder may be at greater risk for a heart attack, as they show physical signs of worsening cardiovascular health more than other adults.
APA STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF DIGNITY IN AGING ACT
The American Psychological Association applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage today of the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, which would reauthorize and amend programs under the Older Americans Act.
WOMEN CEOS JUDGED MORE HARSHLY THAN MEN FOR CORPORATE ETHICAL FAILURES
People are less likely to support an organization after an ethical failure if the business is led by a woman.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT MARKING WORLD POVERTY DAY
A statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, marking World Poverty Day.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT REGARDING SUPREME COURT CASE EXAMINING WHETHER DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY SHOULD BE ILLEGAL
The statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association in the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
ARIZONA STATE’S MCNAMARA FIRST EDITOR OF NEW OPEN-ACCESS APA JOURNAL
This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal will feature research on human–technology interaction with a focus on human behavior at individual or group levels.
POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS BOOST SELF-ESTEEM, AND VICE VERSA
Positive social relationships, social support and social acceptance help shape the development of self-esteem in people over time across ages 4 to 76.
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES BLAMED MORE OFTEN FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY WHITE PERPETRATORS
People are more likely to blame violent video games as a cause of school shootings by white perpetrators than by African American perpetrators, possibly because of racial stereotypes that associate minorities with violent crime.
APA NAMES NEW CHIEF OF PSYCHOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
APA has named Brian D. Smedley, PhD, its chief of psychology in the public interest, charged with leading the association’s efforts to bring the science and practice of psychology to some of the country’s most pressing societal issues, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
APA STATEMENT ON PROPOSAL THAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT USE TECHNOLOGY TO PREDICT WHO WILL BECOME VIOLENT
The statement of Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of APA, regarding a call to the administration to create a new research arm within the proposed Health Advanced Research Projects Agency to explore using technology to detect when people with mental illnesses are about to become violent.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT REGARDING HHS INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS ON CARE, TREATMENT OF MIGRANT CHILDREN
The statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, regarding the facilities and mental health personnel responsible for migrant children being held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.