Contrary to the popular stereotype it could be young men who are more affected by the ups and downs of romance than young women. Researchers from Wake Forest University in North Carolina studied more than a 1,000 unmarried youngsters - aged between 18 and 23 - as part of a long-term study of mental health and the transition to adulthood. They found that the young men were more reactive to the quality of ongoing relationships and had greater emotional benefits from the positive aspects of a romantic relationship. The men were more affected by the quality of a relationship while the women were affected by whether they were in a relationship or not. The women expressed their emotional distress by depression while the men tended to develop substance problems i.e. got stoned or drunk.
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