A major new study of almost 350 households across Tallaght in Dublin has revealed a high level of stress, particularly around issues of family, finances, illness, work and unemployment.
The study found that 67% of primary carers said they felt stressed over the past 12 months, compared to 59% in a similar study carried out 14 years ago.
Nearly a quarter have a chronic illness and one in two people have visited their GP for a stress-related illness.
Dr Catherine Darker, the author of the report, says they also asked people about what they liked and did not like about their area.
She said: "Amenities, such as the local shopping centre and also public services, like parks and recreational facilities, is a good thing about Tallaght.
"Alongside a strong community spirit and good neighbourhoods.
"Unfortunately, in the top three bad things about Tallaght, a lack of amenities for young people were mentioned and also petty crime such as thefts, burglaries and anti-social behaviour like gang avtivity."