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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Antoinette Landor, PhD

Antoinette Landor

Assistant Professor
407 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-4888
Fax: [573] 884-5550
Vita (PDF)
Health and Relationships During College (HRDC) Study

PhD, University of Georgia, 2012; MS, University of Georgia, 2009; BA, Grambling State University, 2006.

  • Sexual behavior and romantic relationships in adolescence and young adulthood
  • Skin tone and colorism
  • Family and sociocultural influences on sexual behavior and romantic relationships
  • Race-related experiences (e.g., racial socialization and discrimination)

My research program broadly focuses on how family and sociocultural contexts impact adolescent and young adult development. I do this through studies that address two lines of work. The first is centered on understanding how factors from multiple ecological levels (e.g., family, religion, culture) interact to influence sexual and romantic relationship behavior, and identifying the underlying explanatory mechanisms. My second focus is understanding how skin tone (i.e., lightness/darkness of skin color) influences family processes (e.g., parenting and racial socialization) as well as sexual and romantic relationship behavior.

  • Landor, A. M.,   Halpern, C. (in press). Prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviors among monoracial and multiracial groups from a national sample: Are multiracial young adults at greater risk? Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Landor, A. M., Bryant, C. M.,   Beach, S.R. (2014). Factors linking childhood experiences to adult romantic relationships among African Americans. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(3), 368.
  • Landor, A. M., Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Brody, G. H., Bryant, C. M., Gibbons, F. X., Granberg, E. M.,   Melby, J. N. (2014). Exploring the impact of skin tone on family dynamics and race-related outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(5), 817.
  • Landor, A. M.,   Simons, L. G. (2013). Why virginity pledges succeed or fail: The moderating effect of religious commitment versus religious participation on sexual behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9769-3
  • Landor, A. M. (2013). Marriage and Divorce in Georgia. In R. E. Emery,   J. G. Golson (Eds.), Cultural sociology of divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Hurt, T. R., McElroy, S. E., Sheats, K.J., Landor, A. M.,   Bryant, C. M. (2013). Married Black men’s opinions as to why Black women are disproportionately single: A qualitative study. Personal Relationships, 21(1), 88-109.
  • Simons, R. L., Simons, L. G., Lei, M. K.,   Landor, A. M. (2012). Relational schemas, hostile romantic relationships, and beliefs about marriage among young African American adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 77- 101. doi: 10.1177/0265407511406897
  • Landor, A. M., Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Brody, G. H.,   Gibbons, F. X. (2011). The role of religiosity in the relationship between parents, peers, and adolescent risky sexual behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 296-309. doi: 10.1007/s10964-010-9598-2
  • Landor, A. M.,   Halpern, C. (revise and resubmit). The enduring significance of skin tone: Linking skin tone to union formation attitudes and sexual behavior.
  • Barton, A., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T., Landor, A. M., Sheats, K.,   McElroy, S. E. (revise and resubmit). Being committed: How economically disadvantaged African American adolescents conceptualize romantic relationship commitment.
  • Landor, A. M., Hurt, T. R., et al. (under review). Extended family and neighbors matter too!: An exploration of romantic relationship experiences of economically disadvantaged African American adolescents.
  • Landor, A. M,   Halpern, C. (under review). The effects of skin tone and self-esteem on the development of risky sexual behavior and self-esteem throughout early adolescence and emerging adulthood: A multiwave latent growth model.
  • Hurt, T. R., Landor, A. M., et al. (under review). Perceptions of marriage and childbearing sequencing among low-income African American adolescents.
  • McElroy, S. E., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T., Barton, A., Landor, A. M.,   Sheats, K. (under review). The experience of interpersonal trust among low-income African American adolescents.
  • Sheats, K., Hurt, T. R., Futris, T., Barton, A., Landor, A. M.,   McElroy, S. E. (under review). The Role of Family, Peers, and Other Significant Adults in the Romantic Relationship Socialization of Economically Disadvantaged African American Adolescents.
  • Landor, A. M.,   Simons, L. G. (in preparation). Skin tone differences in mental, physical, and behavioral health: The role of gender and socioeconomic status.
  • Landor, A. M.,   Simons, L. G. (in preparation). Prevalence and predictors of sexual inexperience in African American adolescents and young adults.
  • Landor, A. M. (in preparation). Individual and family factors linking protective environments and sexual behavior: A longitudinal analysis from early adolescence to emerging adulthood.


  • Black Families (HDFS 4300/Black Studies 4300)


  • Youth Cultures and Cultures of Youth (HDFS 8237)

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