US Younger Americans Stressed by Election, School Closures
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(Bloomberg) -- Pandemic-induced uncertainty along with a shaky economy, citizen unrest and a tumultuous presidential election are seriously threatening America’s mental health, according to a new national survey from the American Psychological Association.
Younger people in particular are experiencing elevated stress and reporting symptoms of depression, according to the latest Stress in America survey. The August study, which has been conducted annually since 2007, queried 3,409 adults over the age of 18 and 1,026 teenagers between 13 and 17.
More than 80% of the teens said they have been negatively impacted due to school closures as a result of the pandemic, and many of them say they’re less motivated to do schoolwork or engage in extracurricular activities.
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More than two-thirds of college students said the pandemic has made “planning for their future feel impossible.”
In addition, two-thirds of young adults born after 1997 say the 2020 U.S. presidential election is a source of stress, and only 64% say they intend to vote in the election.
The coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress for nearly 80% of all Americans. And nearly one in five adults report that this stress is being released in the form of “snapping” or getting angry very quickly and unexpected mood swings. One in six report yelling at a loved one.
More than half of all adults report they were very restless or they felt so tired they just sat around and did nothing at some point in the past two weeks.
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by Stephen Fowler, Georgia Public Broadcasting Congress works for you. Learn how to be a better boss with the User’s Guide to Democracy, a series of personalized emails about what your representatives actually do. This article is co-published by ProPublica, Georgia Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Kathy spotted the long line of voters as she pulled into the Christian City Welcome Center about 3:30 p.m., ready to cast her ballot in the June 9 primary election. Hundreds of people were waiting in the heat and rain outside the lush, tree-lined complex in Union City, an Atlanta suburb with 22,400 residents, nearly 88% of them Black.
The APA survey data is bolstered by the latest Household Pulse Survey from the U.S. Census, which looks into how people’s lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It found that during the Sept. 16-28 period, the majority of Americans under the age of 50 had feelings of being down, depressed, or hopeless at least several days a week.
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