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Myeshia N. Price

Graduate Student
M.S. 2007, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. 2006, Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Area: Developmental
Advisor: Janet Hyde

Research Interests

My research examines the mechanisms that give rise to or predict specific developmental trends and experiences. Specifically, it explores multiple contributors to adolescent sexual development. I am also interested in studying issues surrounding the plight of African Americans by means of psychological, sociological, and related forms of investigation.

Research Experience

I am involved in several ongoing projects at the time:

Due to the fact that previous research has yet to quantitatively confirm that there are unique groups of factors that contribute to early sexual behavior in different subgroups of adolescents, my dissertation seeks to examine the possibility that equifinality could explain the individual differences observed in the literature. My work utilizes data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) to perform the traditional logistic regression analyses as well as the more neoteric recursive partitioning, a classification and regression tree method to aid in the specificity of groups of individual, family, peer, neighborhood, and sociocultural factors that are more likely to result in early sexual behaviors and those that are not.

I am also working with Janet Hyde on a theoretically driven meta-analytic review of the predictors of early sexual behaviors in adolescence; sexual behavaviors that occur at or before the age of 15. A meta-analytic compilation can estimate the magnitude of the effect of influential factors on early sexual behavior, as well as investigate potential moderators of this relationship. Furthermore, by providing a systematic, quantitative assessment of each factor’s impact, I hope to allow policy makers and researchers to focus resources on those factors that place adolescents at the most risk for early sexual debut.

I am also in collabration with Patricia Devine and Lindsay Sharp to determine if there are qualitative disparities in the experiences of Black students and White students here at UW. We hypothesize that although UW Madison is a purportedly liberal campus, Black students experience racial microaggressions that have a negative impact on their total experience while attending school here.

Lastly, I am collaborating with Jennifer L. Petersen to prospectively explore the relationship between adolescent peer sexual harassment victimization (PSHV) and early sexual behavior (ESB). MANOVA and structural equation modeling determined that more PSHV at age 13 led to a greater likelihood of early sexual behaviors by age 15, with self-esteem and pubertal development serving as moderators..


Price, M. N. & Hyde, J. S. (2008). When two isn't better than one: Predictors of early sexual activity in adolescence using a cumulative risk model. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 1059-1071.

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Price, M.N. & Hyde, J.S. (2011). Perceived and observed maternal relationship quality predict sexual debut at age 15. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1595-1606.


Sasson, S., Hyde, J.S., Salk, R.H., Price, M.N. (under review). Timing and mother-adolescent relationship quality predict disordered eating in adolescence. International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Price, M.N. & Hyde, J.S. (in preparation). A theory-based meta-analytic review of individual, familial, and sociocultural predictors of early sexual activity in adolescence.

Price, M.N., Petersen, J.L., Cox, W.T.L, Hyde, J.S. (in preparation). Adolescent peer sexual harassment victimization predicts early sexual behaviors .

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