The study analysed the current and former relationships of 447 volunteers and found that this remained consistent regardless of the subject's marital status.
Interestingly though, when the same people were quizzed on what would make them choose to stay with their partner, the results differed depending on whether or not they were hitched.
Married couples cited obligation, family responsibilities and fear of uncertainty, whereas those simply dating said they valued the emotional closeness the relationship had brought them.
But the key takeaway?
“Many participants were simultaneously motivated to both stay in their relationships and leave,” the study author and University of Utah sociologist Samantha Joel explained.
This suggests that "ambivalence is a common experience for those who are thinking about ending their relationships.”
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.