Completed Research Studies

Below are listings of studies that ended within the past 5 years.

Black Mothers & Adolescent Daughters' IPV Discussions
2014- 2017

PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

Women of color's perceptions of and engagement in body modification procedures is the focus of this study. Their relevance to sexual and psychological health outcomes, and influence of cultural values are being explored. Preliminary results indicate that mothers' own experiences with violence and perceptions of their daughters' dating status informs their decision to initiate conversations. This was funded in part by the American Psychological Association's Office for Ethnic Minority Affairs.

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Dating, Degrees & Sexual Risk Taking Among Highly Educated Black Women
2016- 2018

PI: Brittany Boyd

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

This study examines partner availability perceptions and its influence on female Black graduate students' sexual risk taking acceptance. Participants' willingness to compromise is informed by perceptions of partner availablity. This was funded in part by the FIU Department of Psychology Graduate Student SEED Grant Award.

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Gender Based Violence & Cultural Values among Young Adults in Mysore, India
2014- 2017

PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

This mixed methods projects explored the cultural values and gender beliefs shaping emerging adults' perceptions of intimate partner violence in Mysore, India. This was funded by the National Institutes for Health Global Health Equity Fellowship Program.

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Haitian Women & HPV Vaccine Uptake Decision Making
2011- 2015

PI Study 1: Dr. Dionne Stephens

PI Study 2: Dr. Dudith Pierre Victor (former Public Health Doctoral Student)

Two studies focusing on familial and community messages influencing HPV vaccine uptake were conducted in the HDCI Lab. The first focused on recently immigrated Haitian parents, while the second examined young adult Haitian college women's perceptions. Results showed that physician recommendations and beliefs about HPV's association with sexual onsent influenced HPV uptake decision making.

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Parental Aggression and Gender Role beliefs' influence on Hispanic College Women's Psychological Aggression Experiences
2012- 2015

PI: Dr. Laura Oramas (former Psychology Doctoral Student)

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

This study investigates the relation between interparental verbal aggression, parent-daughter verbal aggression, and verbal aggression in female Hispanic college student's dating relationships. Findings from this study indicated that parental psychological aggression and acceptance of traditional gender role beliefs significantly influenced Hispanic college women’s perpetration of this type of aggression in their intimate relationships.

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Parental Conflict Tactics Hispanic College women's Verbal Aggression Victimizations
2011- 2014

PI: Dr. Shannon Kennedy (former Psychology Doctoral Student)

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

This study examined Hispanic college women's experiences with verbal aggression; participants were recruited from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in Florida and California. Parental use of verbal aggression influenced women's risk for victimization in their current romantic relationship. However, differences were found between the Hispanic college women in Florida when compared to those in California.

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Personal & Cultural Identity Processes
2016- 2018

PI: Dr. Alan Meca (former Psychology Doctoral Student)

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

Co- PI: Dr. Seth Schwartz

This study examined explored Hispanic cultural adaption and identity development among emerging adults. All participants were required to have at least one parent who was born in a country where Spanish was the primary language..

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Politics, Religion, Anonymity & Online Aggression
2014- 2017

PI: Dr. Adam Zimmerman (former Psychology Doctoral Student)

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

This study examined the ways in which cultural factors influenced anonymous online aggression. Findings from this study indicated that traditional religious and political beliefs significantly influenced college students' engagement in this type of aggression online. Perceptions of anonymity also shaped online aggression perpetration.

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Racial/ Ethnic Minority Students' Reflections on Sexting during High School
2015- 2017

PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

These qualitative and quantitative studies sought to identify perceptions of and responses to racial/ ethnic adolescents’ who engaged in the distribution of sexually explicit images, known as sexting, during high school. Although there were differing perceptions of why girls engaged in sexting, results showed that the negative social consequences they faced (e.g., name calling and social avoidance) reinforced traditional sexual gender norms expectations. Further, double standards exist when considering attitudes toward high school boys’ engagement in sexting.

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Verbal Sexual Coercion & African American Adolescents
2013- 2016

Co PIs: Dr. Dionne Stephens and Dr. Asia Eaton

The theory of planned behavior to identify urban Black adolescents' beliefs about male-to-female verbal sexual coercion. Boys reported that perpetrating verbal sexual coercion could result in negative relationship outcomes, and the main benefit of using this tactic was to obtain sex. Girls believed being in a safe, public context would make it easier to resist coercion, while being in a stable relationship with an attractive and persistent partner would make it more difficult to resist. This study was funded by the American Psychological Associations ProDIGS funding opportunity.

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Women of Color & Body Modifications
2017- 2018

PI: Dr. Jessica Saunders (former Psychology Doctoral Student)

Co- PI: Dr. Dionne Stephens

Women of color's perceptions of and engagement in body modification procedures was the focus of this two part study. The quantiative component of the study identified women's beauty ideals, self objectification and attitudes toward body modification. The qualiative component of the study identitified the intersections between sexual and psychological health outcomes influenced by cultural values regarding body modification. n.

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