If you believe a lot of popular television and movies, you’d think that women are more likely to freak out over a relationship gone sour.

But a new study by a Wake Forest University sociology professor says that males, not females, are more apt to have shaky mental health during a rocky relationship.

The study looked at 1,000 single men and women between the ages of 18 and 23 from Miami, Fla.

The researcher found that young men reacted more strongly to the quality of ongoing relationships than their female counterparts.

Males were also more likely to display their relationship stresses through drug and substance abuse problems, while the women more often tended to slip into depression.

The study is published in the current issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

The researchers also found that men get greater emotional benefits from the positive aspects of an ongoing romantic relationship, contradicting the stereotype of stoic men who are unaffected by what happens in their romantic relationships, reports Science Blog.

“While young men are more affected emotionally by the quality of their current relationships, young women are more emotionally affected by whether they are in a relationship or not,” Robin Simon, the lead researcher, told Science Blog.

This means that women care more about simply being in a relationship, rather than its overall quality, she said.

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