- Children apparently are feeling the effects of the recession and the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.The survey revealed that parents often do not realize the level of stress that their children are experiencing.
- Seventy-five percent of those adults and children polled indicated moderate to high levels of stress with sleep problems, headaches and problems with eating.
- Both adults and children complained of problems with feeling angry and irritated frequently and fatigued.
- Those polled indicated that they frequently attempted to relieve stress in sedentary ways, such as by listening to music or reading.
- Those surveyed indicated that when they received recommendations from their physician or healthcare provider about making changes in their lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, increasing exercise, reducing weight or eating more healthy foods, they received little support in making these changes. Only a small percentage indicated that they had been referred to another healthcare provider, such as a dietician or a psychologist, to assist them in being able to make these changes.
- The overwhelming majority of those polled indicated that their present insurance plan did not cover preventative services or services needed to better manage chronic illness. This may explain why the majority of those needing support in making lifestyle changes received little support and assistance from their healthcare provider.
To learn more about the results of this survey, go to: apahelpcenter.org. You can find a summary of the results of this survey and information on how to identify the signs of stress in your children and how to talk with them about it. The skills and the attitudes that can help you prevent and manage stress are the same as those that build and maintain resilience.