43% of People Without Emotional Support Said Their Stress Increased in the Past Year

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Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans.

Overall, stress in the United States is at a seven-year low, and average stress levels are declining, the American Psychological Association poll found.

Financial worries served as a significant source of stress for 64 percent of adults in 2014, ranking higher than three other major sources of stress: work (60 percent), family responsibilities (47 percent), and health concerns (46 percent).

Nearly three out of four adults reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the time, and about one in four adults said they experienced extreme stress over money during the past month, according to the report.

Financial stress particularly affects women, parents and younger adults, the survey found.

For instance, three out of four parents and adults younger than 50 said money is a somewhat or very significant source of stress.

Women are more likely than men to report money as a significant source of stress, 68 percent versus 61 percent.

A gap also appears to be emerging in stress levels between people living in lower-income and higher-income households, the report found.

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