It's long been thought that women suffer more from bad break-ups and matters of the heart, but a new study proves that theory is entirely wrong. According to some recent research men's mental health suffers greater damage after a break-up than a woman's.
A report from FOX News discusses the study conducted by Robin Simon, a Wake Forest University professor of sociology. Simon conducted the study on 1,000 unmarried men and women ranging in age from 18 to 23. What Simon found was that men felt the highs and lows of relationships more severely than women. Meaning that when times are good, men feel happier than women. But when things sour in a relationship, men tend to feel more down than most women would.
Simon explains the ways men and women often differ when handling stress. Simon says, "Women express emotional distress with depression, while men express emotional distress with substance problems." So, while women may cry more, men are more likely to take part in destructive activities involving alcohol or drugs after experiencing the loss of a romantic relationship.
An article from the Los Angeles Times theorizes that the reason men don't deal with break-ups as well as women is because men's "romantic partners are their primary source of intimacy." Women tend to form close knit relationships with friends or family and can turn to this intimate circle after a romantic relationship comes to an end.
Do you think men have a more difficult time handling the emotional stresses of a break-up?
Why do you think this might be?