Sadness, worry and frustration are among the most common negative emotions reported by older adults in long-term marriages. A new study has revealed that men and women have very different emotional reactions to the strain and support they experience in marriage. The researchers said, "When a marriage has troubles, women worry. They become sad. They get frustrated. For men, it is sheer frustration and not much more." Deborah Carr, professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, said, "The men do not really want to talk about it or spend too much time thinking about it. Men often do not want to express vulnerable emotions, while women are much more comfortable expressing sadness or worry." For the study, researchers analyzed 722 couples, married an average of 39 years. They asked the participants how their marital experience and the reactions of their spouse affected them. While talking about issues and offering support makes the wives, who traditionally feel responsible for sustaining the emotional climate of a marriage, feel good, this only frustrated the husbands who were part of the study. ‘Study reveals that a strained marriage causes different emotional reactions in men and women; while women become sad men get angry.’ Carr said, "For women, getting a lot of support from their spouse is a positive experience. The husbands in the study - who more often rated their marriages positively and reported significantly higher levels of emotional support and lower levels of marital strain than their wives - felt frustrated giving as well as receiving support. Older men, however, may feel frustrated receiving lots of support from their wife, especially if it makes them feel helpless or less competent." The study was published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.Source: IANS << Indian Immunologicals Limited Sets Up a New Rs. 250 Crore F... Kids With Food Allergy Can Have a Safe, Happy Halloween By F... >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Sharing Chores Make Marriages Last Longer Research shows that marriages last longer when couples share housework and childcare. Labor need not be divided into exactly equal halves. READ MORE Marriage Good for the Heart People who are married are less prone to heart attacks than singles and more likely to recover if struck with one! READ MORE Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. READ MORE Celebrating Life: Positivity and Rejoicing Life reflects dynamism, vitality, beauty and power. Life offers abundance. It regularly gives us a chance to enrich our experiences. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Blood - Sugar Chart Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) More News on: How to Save your marriageAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Divorce: Pros and ConsCelebrating Life: Positivity and RejoicingIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?