Health >> Stress >> Age, Gender

Young adults are more stressed than their elders. 

People experience stress in response to challenges in everyday life. Sometimes stress can help us get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and other problems by “turning on” biological stress responses too often and for too long.

Based on their responses to 4 questions about how often they had experienced selected symptoms of stress in the past 30 days, “perceived stress” scores on a scale from 4 (low) to 20 (high) were computed for King County adults. In 2011, King County adults had an average stress score of 8.6.

  • Stress levels were highest for young adults and declined as age increased – a finding consistent with studies of overall life satisfaction.
  • Adults 65 and older reported significantly less stress than all other age groups.