Saturday, September 10, 2011

Study 2 Data Collection Now Complete

We have now completed data collection for Study 2. We would like to thank everyone who was interested in this project and especially thank those who completed this survey.

We will post notification of any publications that result from this research over the coming months.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Study 2

We are now recruiting participants for Survey 2.

Seeking your opinion on sex-buddy and friends-with-benefits relationships.

Have you ever had one?

We are seeking heterosexual men and women between the ages of 18-35 to participate in an anonymous online study investigating the nature, prevalence and perceptions of sex-buddy and friends-with-benefits relationships.

If you are interested in participating, click here to take the survey.

It would be appreciated if you could pass the details of this survey onto your friends and colleagues.

Thank you.

Media Release (Study 1 Results)

Are friends-with-benefits relationships more common than we think?

The friends-with-benefits phenomenon appears to be more common than a popular plot line for motion pictures and television shows, with Deakin University psychology experts finding that more Australians are enjoying the perks of casual sexual relationships.

A study by Deakin psychology researchers, Alfred Deakin Professor Marita McCabe and Ms Kylie McCardle, found that casual sexual relationships are common among young adults. The researchers are extending their study to gain a broader understanding of the prevalence, benefits and pitfalls of these relationships and are calling on people aged 18-35 to take part in an anonymous online survey.

"We currently live in an era where marriage and having children often occur later in life," Ms McCardle explained. "As a consequence, the ways that young people view relationships and sex has changed. Young adults now have more time to experiment with different types of relationships before they settle down."

"The limited research available on friends-with-benefits relationships is coming out of the United States with a focus on university students. We want to know what the Australian (and worldwide) experience is: how have relationship patterns changed over time and what is the impact on young adult's views and experiences of relationships."

The Deakin researchers interviewed 30 young adults and found that it is not just university students who are having friends-with-benefits relationships.

"People who have come out of a long-term relationship that lasted several years or have unexpectedly ended a relatively new marriage were also found to be engaging in these relationships," Ms McCardle said.

"For some people, they did not feel emotionally ready to move on to a new serious relationship, yet they wanted some kind of emotional companionship and physical intimacy, which they could get from a friends-with-benefits relationship."

"For others, they saw their twenties as a time of experimentation where it was socially acceptable to experiment with different types of relationships before settling down."

"Contrary to common stereotypes, another interesting finding was that women were reporting that they enjoyed friends-with-benefits relationships just as much as men."

"And men were telling us that their friends-with-benefits relationships helped them to feel more confident in purusing romantic relationships."

Ms McCardle and Professor McCabe are now seeking young adults aged 18-35 to share their expereinces of casual relationships through an anonymous online survey. Their research will investigate how common casual relationships are, how these relationships are constructed and what impact they are having on young adults. Those interested in participating can go to the website:


Media contact
Ms Kylie McCardle is available for comment. Contact Mandi O'Garretty, Deakin Media Relations, (03) 5227 2776; 0418 361 890,

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Study 1

We are now recruiting participants for Study 1.

If you are heterosexual, aged between 18 to 35 years, currently living in Australia, and have experienced a friends-with-benefits relationship we would like to hear from you!

Interviews will be conducted over the telephone (we will phone you, so it won't cost you anything!).

Interviews will take approximately 30 min to 1 hour.

We are currently seeking the following people to particpate in our interviews:

- 5 males aged 18-25
- 10 males aged 26-35

- 5 females aged 18-25
- 10 females aged 26-35

Don't be shy... We want to hear your stories and opinions on this topic!

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please email

The fine print...

Interviews will be conducted as anonymously as possible and your privacy will be protected. Other than saying hello and answering some questions about your age, gender and relationship history you will not be asked to state your name or sign any documents.

Results of the study may be published as a journal article. All results will be reported in a way that protects your anonymity.

To participate in this study you will need to read the "Plain Language Statement" and agree to the terms outlined in this document. The "Plain Language Statement" includes information about (1) your consent, (2) the purpose and background of the study, (3) procedures of the study, (4) possible benefits, (5) possible risks, (6) privacy, confidentiality and disclosure of information, (7) results of the project, (8) further information or any problems, (9) complaints, (10) participation is voluntary, (11) ethical guidelines.

To obtain a copy of the "Plain Language Statement" please send an email to

About this Project

This research is being conducted as a part of my Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree at Deakin University in Australia.

The purpose of this research project is to investigate “friends-with-benefits” relationships amoung heterosexual young adults, including:

  • How people define this relationship
  • The perceived rules for engaging in this type of relationship
  • The positive and negative aspects of this type of relationship
  • What people expect to get out this relationship

There will be two phases to this research project:

Study 1

Telephone interviews with 30 people living in Australia aged between 18-35 years old.

Study 2

An online survey for people living all over the world aged 18-35 years old.