Stress of rocky relationships harder on men than women

holding_handsContrary to popular belief, the ups and downs of romantic relationships have a greater effect on the mental health of young men than women, according to a new study by sociology professor Robin Simon. Defying stereotypes, the study suggests that young men suffer more than women when a relationship ends—though they often pretend to be indifferent. For young men, their romantic partners are often their primary source of intimacy—in contrast to young women who are more likely to have close relationships with family and friends. Their research also indicated that men get more emotional benefits from ongoing happy romantic relationships than women do.

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