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On-again, Off-again relationship toxic to mental health

On-again, off-again relationship toxic for mental health

On-off relationships are associated with higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment, suggest researchers.

The pattern of breaking up and getting back together can impact an individual’s mental health and not for the better, new research shows.

The study published in the journal — Family Relations — suggests that people in these kinds of relationships should make informed decisions about stabilising or safely terminating their relationships.

Prior research estimated that more than 60 per cent of adults have been involved in on-off relationships, and more than one-third of cohabitating couples reported breaking up and later reconciling at some point.

“Breaking up and getting back together is not always a bad omen for a couple. In fact, for some couples, breaking up can help partners realise the importance of their relationship, contributing to a healthier, more committed unions,” said Kale Monk, assistant professor of human development and family science.

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