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Break-ups are more painful for men than women

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2021 | 9:59 PMBANG Bizarre, A Digital Integration & Marketing production

A new study has found that men in heterosexual relationships feel more pain than females after a break-up, and are also more likely to discuss heartbreak.

The Lancaster University study looked at more than 184,000 people and discovered that males tend to experience more emotional pain than women when relationships go wrong.

Charlotte Entwistle, the lead author of the study, said: "Notably, the fact that the heartache theme was more commonly discussed by men emphasises how men are at least as emotionally affected by relationship problems as women.

"Most of what we know about relationship problems comes from studies of people in couples therapy, which includes a rather specific subset of people — people who have the time, money, and motive to work on their relationship problems.

"We wanted to understand not only what relationship problems are most commonly experienced by the general public, but who experiences which problems more."


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