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In films and television, guys are typically portrayed as the more stoic gender.
While this stereotype may have been based on real behaviors in the past, new research suggests men may now be more emotionally susceptible when a relationship ends.
The study, which appears in the latest edition the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found while women typically have a greater support system to help buffer a heartbreak, men are generally more isolated with such emotions and may have a harder time recovering.
Men are also more likely turn to alcohol or other means of coping.
For the research, data was analyzed from more than 1,600 men and women between the ages of 18 and 23, who were also surveyed about their mental health.
“Men are more likely to
avoid or deny the issues.”
Robin Simon, of Wake Forest University, examined the results, looking for data on relationships and reactionary differences between men and women.
Most of the men surveyed said it can be difficult for a guy to reach out for emotional support following a breakup, something not widely indicated among women.
Simon said when trouble arises during a relationship, it is more frequently the female who will seek out a solution, such as a marriage counselor, while men are more likely to avoid or deny the issues.
This practice may repeat when the man finds himself single.
It is often that lack of support or an initiative to recover that can lead men to essentially wallow in their grief longer than a female counterpart might.