Partners talk to each other about worries

Couples in the UK provide each other with vital positive emotional support, it has been revealed. According to a study from Understanding Society, 94 per cent of the 40,000 households questioned revealed they rely on their other halves when problems arise.

Professor Heather Laurie, Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex - which is based just outside of Colchester - revealed that 88 per cent of respondents stated that their partner understands how they feel, while only ten per cent claimed they feel let down when asking them for advice.

The research found that although family and friends provide important support, men are more inclined to rely entirely on their other half.

By contrast, women are content with turning to other people in their lives to soundboard their worries, with more than three-quarters of females stating they can talk to relatives compared to only two-thirds of males.

Dr Abigael San C Psychol, a Clinical Psychologist, commented: "These are very positive statistics, highlighting a sense of emotional closeness between couples.

"The preference of men to rely solely on their partners, in contrast to women who are comfortable sharing their worries with a broader range of significant others, may reflect societal gender-based expectations, where men may feel pressure to hide their feelings from others generally, to avoid coming across as weak. 

"It would be interesting to explore how this emotional connection changes as problems in relationships develop. Research into this area may reveal important shifts in how couples relate to each other that might be significant in understanding relationship breakdown."