Health >> Stress >> Children, Relationship Status

Stress was highest among adults who were not in a couple relationship.

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.

  • Adults who were not in a couple relationship had higher stress scores than those with partners.
  • Adult stress levels were not related to having children in the household.