Contrary to popular belief it is men who suffer more when a partnership ends. It found that men in their early twenties find breaking up and the highs and lows of romantic relationships more traumatic than women.
This is because by that age women may already have a network of close relationships made up of friends and family in addition to a partner. Young men, however, often lack that support. If their romantic partner is the only person that they confide in they are more emotionally vulnerable when that is taken away - even if they don't put their feelings on display.
When a relationship goes wrong it has a greater impact on younger men's identity and self-worth. While men found rocky relationships more stressful than women they were also more likely to reap greater emotional benefits from an ongoing happy romance.
Sociology experts have suggested that the results collected from 1,000 unmarried adults aged 18-23 could be partly influenced by the current economic crisis. If young men find it difficult to find employment then their sense of identity is more likely to be reliant on personal relationships.