Directed by Dr. Asia Eaton

The PWR Lab (for “power, women, and relationships”) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Asia Eaton. We conduct social psychological research on the interaction between gender and social power, including how social power grounds and structures  gender-differentiated behaviors and relationships between men and women, as well as how men and women experience and enact powerful roles.

LabTeamSome of the questions we are currently working on include the following:

  • What behaviors, traits, attitudes, and relationships are related to high vs. low levels of success for women vs. men leaders over time?
  • What is the experience of sexual minorities in the workplace? How do stereotypes about sexual minorities affect their opportunities to gain access to power and status?
  • How are young people (adolescents and college students) getting together romantically today? How does the nature of early romance and sex differ for ethnic/racial minority adolescents and emerging adults?
  • How do heteronormative beliefs about men and women influence relationship outcomes, such as the occurrence of intimate partner violence?


Recent publications:

*Barrantes, R., Eaton, A. A., *Veldhuis, C., & Hughes, T. (accepted for publication). The role of minority stressors in lesbian relationship commitment and persistence over time. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Eaton, A. A., & Rios, D. (in press). Social challenges faced by queer Hispanic college men: Navigating negative responses to coming out in a double-minority sample of emerging adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi:10.1037/cdp0000134

Eaton, A. A., Visser, P. S., & Burns, V. (in press). How gender role salience influences attitude strength and persuasive message processing. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Bonomi, A., Eaton, A. A., Nemeth, J., & Gillum, T. (in press). The abuse litmus test: A feminist tool to assess power and control in on-screen relationships. Family Relations.

Stephens, D. P., Eaton, A. A., & *Boyd, B. (2016). Hispanic college men’s perceptions of appropriate sexual intercourse initiation strategies. Sex Roles. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11199-016-0709-8

Stephens, D. P., Thomas, T. L., & Eaton, A. A. (2016). The influence of masculinity beliefs’ influence on Hispanic college men’s intent to vaccinate against HPV. American Journal of Sexuality Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/15546128.2016.1198733

Eaton, A. A., & Stephens, D. (2016). Using the theory of planned behavior to examine beliefs about verbal sexual coercion among urban Black adolescents. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260516659653

Rios, D., & Eaton, A. A. (2016). Perceived social support in the lives of gay, bisexual, and queer Hispanic college men. Culture, Health, and Sexuality. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/13691058.2016.1150516

Stephens, D., & Eaton, A. A. (2016). Social networks influencing Black girls’ interpretations of Chris Brown’s violence against Rihanna. Advance online publication. The Journal of Black Psychology. doi:10.1177/0095798416648829.
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