We’re all feeling more financial stress these dayswhether it’s loss of a job or other income, mounting bills and floundering home prices, or just seeing other family and friends deal with the economic downturn. It’s no surprise that our stress is rubbing off on our kids–and psychologists and pediatricians are warning that can have significant consequences.
New results from an annual survey by the American Psychological Associationappropriately called “Stress in America“–show that kids “absolutely” feel their parents’ stress, and parents don’t always know that their children are picking up on it.
The APA reports that teenagers and tweens (children ages 8-12) were more likely than parents to say that their stress had increased in the last year.
Forty-five percent of teens ages 13-17 said that they worried more this year, but not all of their parents were aware of that, as only 28 percent of parents reported that their teen’s stress increased, according to the survey.
A quarter, 26 percent, of tweens said they worried more this year, but only 17 percent of parents believed their tween’s stress had increased. And while only 2-5 percent of parents rated their child’s stress as “extreme,” 14 percent of tweens and 28 percent of teens said that they worry a lot or a great deal, the APA reports.