Psychology, Interamerican
Friends with Benefits in Puerto Rican College Students

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Friends with Benefits in Puerto Rican College Students


Friends with Benefits
Casual sex
Young adults

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Quiñones, R., Martínez-Taboas, A., Rodríguez-Gómez, J. R., & Pando, J. R. (2017). Friends with Benefits in Puerto Rican College Students. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 51(1).


A friend with benefits (FWB) relationship includes the presence of a friendship, sexual activity, and the absence of an established commitment. The main objective of this quantitative non-experimental investigation was to explore how different levels of religiosity and sensation seeking traits correlate among Puerto Rican university students that report FWB relationships. Three instruments were administered in the Spanish language to students from universities in the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico. According to their answers, 61.8% of the sample reported lifetime FWB relationships and 17.9% reported current FWB. Of the latter, 40% reported more than one lifetime FWB. Consistent with the stated hypothesis, we found that high levels of sensation seeking traits were associated to higher levels of reported FWB relationships (p<.05). The findings inform us about the motivations and expectations university students have to engage in FWB relationships.

Una relación de amigo o amiga con privilegio (ACP) tiene tres componentes; la presencia de una amistad, la actividad sexual y la ausencia de un compromiso establecido. El objetivo principal de esta investigación cuantitativa no experimental fue explorar como correlacionan distintos niveles de religiosidad y búsqueda de sensaciones en estudiantes puertorriqueños que reportan tener ACP. Se administraron tres cuestionarios en español a estudiantes de distintas universidades del área metropolitana de Puerto Rico. El 61.8% de la muestra reportó experiencias con ACP alguna vez en sus vidas y el 17.9% estaban en una relación de ACP al momento del estudio. De éstos, el 40% reportó tener más de un ACP. Consistente con las hipótesis planteadas, altos niveles de búsqueda de sensaciones estuvo asociado a un mayor número de relaciones de ACP (p< .05). Los resultados ayudan a informarnos sobre las motivaciones y expectativas de estudiantes universitarios que tienen ACP.


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