WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 9 (UPI) — The stereotype of the stoic male who is unaffected by the ups and down of a relationship is wrong, U.S. researchers found.
Robin Simon, a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, and colleagues said his study involved 1,000 unmarried young adults ages 18-23.
“Surprisingly, we found young men are more reactive to the quality of ongoing relationships,” Simon said in a statement.
The study, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, said the harmful stress of a rocky relationship is more closely linked with men’s than women’s mental health.
In addition, the researchers found men get greater emotional benefits from the positive aspects of a romantic relationship.
Men may try to present a tough face, but unhappy romances take a greater emotional toll on men than women, Simon said.
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