The study sought to better understand the psychological variables affecting romantic break-up and romantic rejection. Individuals who reported higher self-esteem, less rejection sensitivity, and lower levels of attachment anxiety reported less adverse effects to break-up. Contrary to predictions, who initiated the break-up did not result in significant differences in adverse symptoms. Moreover, no gender differences were found for response to break-up, nor rejection. Comparing grief symptoms for romantic break-up and those who experienced a loss through death indicates that in a normal population of young adults the former experience plays a more pronounced role in their lives.
Robak, Boyan and Griffin, Paul, "Dealing With Romantic Break-Up and Rejection: Understanding the Nature of Relationships and Romantic Break-Up" (2012). Student-Faculty Research Projects. Paper 4.