Jackson et al find many groups suffer discrimination, but older Americans may handle the accompanying stress better
The 2015 annual survey by the American Psychological Association on “Stress in America” focused on discrimination. The just-released report shows that almost 70% of Americans surveyed said they had experienced some form of discrimination, and more than 60% reported experiencing regular discrimination. Although race-based discrimination was the most prevalent, additional sources included ethnicity, age, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. James Jackson, consultant to the APA report, says: “This study has shown us that discrimination knows no boundaries.” In terms of the accompanying stress, older Americans reported lower rates of increase in stress 2014-2015 than their younger counterparts, perhaps in part because they also reported engaging in more stress management. Links to health show that respondents with fair/poor health were more likely to report stress than their healthier counterparts.