This paper deals with the effects of bending and boundary condition on the stress distribution of a single-lap adhesive joint under tension using the three-dimensional finite element analysis technique. The numerical results obtained from the finite element analysis show that both the left and right hand regions of the adhesive layer are subjected to high stresses. The numerical results also show that most of the extreme stresses occur at interface which is between the adhesive and the upper adherend. It is clear that the stresses are concentrated near the left and right free ends of the adhesive layer while the centre region of the adhesive layer is mostly stress-free. It is also clear that the stress state in this case is mainly dominated by the normal stress components.