Shantoyia (Toy) Jones

Early Career Tenure-track Researcher, Xavier University of Louisiana

2 active projects

Black Women, Sexual Violence, Discrimination, and Sexual Health Decision-Making

The research I am conducting is in an exploratory phase. This endeavor is a focused exploration of the e data concerning sexual health decision-making, sexual health behaviors, experiences with discrimination, and psychological and emotional well-being among African American/Black women survivors…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The research I am conducting is in an exploratory phase. This endeavor is a focused exploration of the e data concerning sexual health decision-making, sexual health behaviors, experiences with discrimination, and psychological and emotional well-being among African American/Black women survivors of sexual violence/assault. Participants who identify as women (cis, trans, and gender expansive) will be included in this research. This exploration is important because it will allow us to understand better the many variables (e.g., sociocultural, interpersonal, systemic racism, and medical-related traumas and protective factors) that impact black women survivors' help-seeking and decision-making processes. The scientific question I hope to have more direction on, via exploration of this data set, is how the aforementioned variables impacted sexual health decision-making, and what impact has this had on black women's sexual, psychological, and emotional health outcomes.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Population Health
  • Social / Behavioral
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI)

Scientific Approaches

An explanatory mixed methods-interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach will be used to explore the sociocultural, interpersonal, systemic, and medical-related traumas of sexual health decision-making. Given that this research is in an exploratory phase and the workbench does not have qualitative data (aside from some categorical variables), quantitative data will be analyzed first using this workbench. Discovery from these analyses will guide the second phase, which will be qualitative. Lastly, the quantitative data will be embedded into the qualitative findings to understand the phenomena impacting sexual health decision-making among Black/African American women survivors of sexual violence. The project will use a combination of the survey data and the EHR to discover new phenomena impacting sexual health decision-making and psychological and emotional well-being among Black/African American women survivors.

Anticipated Findings

The working hypothesis is that there is a predictive relationship between all these variables; however, IPA is needed to discover phenomena that might better explain the relationships between the variables and to better inform clinical practice and interventions with this population.

Findings from both of these research projects will substantiate the importance of this research topic and be used to apply for independent grants that will continue to support this research past its exploratory and pilot phases. The ultimate hope is that findings from this research will help develop more innovative and timely community and medical interventions that seek to serve better Black women survivors who are not receiving (adequate) sexual health support and interventions.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Sex at Birth
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Geography

Data Set Used

Controlled Tier

Research Team

Owner:

Black Women, Sexual Violence, and Sexual Health Decision-Making

The research I am conducting is in an exploratory phase. This endeavor is a focused exploration of primarily qualitative data and some quantitative data concerning sexual health decision-making and psychological and emotional well-being among African American/Black women survivors of sexual…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The research I am conducting is in an exploratory phase. This endeavor is a focused exploration of primarily qualitative data and some quantitative data concerning sexual health decision-making and psychological and emotional well-being among African American/Black women survivors of sexual violence/assault. Participants that identify as women (cis, trans, and gender expansive) will be included in this research. This exploration is important because it will allow us to understand better the many variables (e.g., sociocultural, interpersonal, systemic racism, and medical-related traumas and protective factors) that impact black women survivors' help-seeking and decision-making processes. The scientific question I hope to have more direction on, via exploration of this data set, is how the aforementioned variables impacted sexual health decision-making, and what impact has this had on black women's sexual, psychological, and emotional health outcomes.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

A sequential mixed methods-interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach will be used to explore the sociocultural, interpersonal, systemic, and medical-related traumas sexual health decision-making. Given that this research is in an exploratory phase, qualitative data will be analyzed first, using thematic analysis to discover significant themes among participants. Quantitative data will be analyzed second for relationships among variables. Lastly, the quantitative data will be embedded into the qualitative findings to understand the phenomena impacting sexual health decision-making among Black/African American women survivors of sexual violence. The project will use a combination of the survey data and the EHR to discover new phenomena impacting sexual health decision-making and psychological and emotional well-being among Black/African American women survivors.

Anticipated Findings

The working hypothesis is that there is a predictive relationship between all these variables; however, IPA is needed to discover phenomena that might better explain the relationships between the variables and to better inform clinical practice and interventions with this population.

Findings from both of these research projects will substantiate the importance of this research topic and be used to apply for independent grants that will continue to support this research past its exploratory and pilot phases. The ultimate hope is that findings from this research will help develop more innovative and timely community and medical interventions that seek to serve better Black women survivors who are not receiving (adequate) sexual health support and interventions.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Sex at Birth
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Geography

Data Set Used

Registered Tier

Research Team

Owner:

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