Young men find breaking up from a relationship more painful than women
Contrary to popular belief it is men who suffer more when a relationship ends and are more affected by the highs and lows of romance, according to a study from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Young men find breaking up from a relationship more painful than women, a new report has found.
It suggests that the anguish caused by love described by artists such as Morrissey is felt genuinely and perhaps explains their continuing appeal to fans.
The survey of 1,000 unmarried adults aged 18-23 concluded that despite putting on a brave face men were more emotionally vulnerable than women when it comes to dating.
This may be because women often have close relationships with family and friends in addition to a partner whereas a young man’s romantic partner may be his primary source of intimacy. When a relationship goes wrong it has a greater impact on men’s identity and self-worth, researchers said.
Professor Robin Simon, who co-wrote the study, said: “Our paper sheds light on the association between non-marital romantic relationships and emotional well-being among men and women on the threshold of adulthood.
“Surprisingly, we found young men are more reactive to the quality of ongoing relationships.”
The researchers concluded that young women were more affected by the whether they were in a relationship or not rather than whether it was consistently happy. Rather than talking about it with friends men were more likely to express their feelings through drink or drugs.
Breaking up is a bitch
Prof Simon said: “Women express emotional distress with depression while men express emotional distress with substance problems.”
The research, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, was originally gathered for a long-term study of mental health and the transition to adulthood.
Via The Telegraph