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February 4, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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APA Shares New Stats on Stress in America

The American Psychological Association (APA) announced the results of a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on its behalf. Stress in America: January 2021 Stress Snapshot finds that “84% of U.S. adults say the country has serious societal issues that we need to address,” “9 in 10 adults say they hope that the country moves toward unity,” and “the average reported stress level during the prior month was 5.6, (on a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 means ‘little to no stress’ and 10 means ‘a great deal of stress’). This is higher than stress levels reported in 2020 Stress in America surveys since April.”

The most common feelings were cited as “anxiety (47%), sadness (44%) and anger (39%). Additionally, 2 in 3 adults (67%) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them.”

“Nearly a year into the pandemic, prolonged stress persists at elevated levels for many Americans,” says Arthur C. Evans Jr., APA’s CEO. “As we work to address stressors as a nation, from unemployment to education, we can’t ignore the mental health consequences of this global shared experience. … Without addressing stress as part of a national recovery plan, we will be dealing with the mental health fallout from this pandemic for years to come.”

For more survey results and advice for managing stress, read the press release.

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