Robin Simon, PhD, a professor at Wake Forest, and Anne Barrett, PhD, of FSU, studied the emotional reactions of 1,611 unmarried adults between the ages of 18 and 23. Their study shows that men are much more adversely affected by stressful relationships than women. Some quotes from a news article: "They learned that men hurt emotionally more than women when a romance floundered, but they showed it differently." "While girls have a tougher time coming to terms with a breakup, guys take it harder when the couple is having problems, the study shows. And when the relationship is going well, men get more of a psychological boost." Common wisdom says that women are more hurt by problems in a relationship, but we found that the benefits of support in a relationship and the disadvantages of strain are exaggerated for the men. Another news article on the study says: "The harmful stress of a roller-coaster relationship is more likely to affect the mental health of young men than young women." "Young women are more emotionally affected than their romantic partners when it comes to being in a relationship or not. Young men, on the other hand, are more affected emotionally by the quality of their current relationships." "Men need partner support more than women do, significantly so." "Problems in relationships seem to threaten young mens identity and feelings of self-worth, but this doesnt seem to be the case for young women." That study overturns the myth that men are not emotionally invested in a relationship or not emotionally affected by it.