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Birgitta Ander with the head of the Department for Social Work, Thorbjörn Ahlgren

Birgitta Ander, PhD student of Social Work at the School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University successfully defended her thesis Youth's Binge Drinking - Who, Where and with Whom? Professor Ingeborg Rossow from Oslo, Norway was the opponent. Birgitta celebrated the event with friends, family and collegues.

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Johan Melander Hagborg

Johan Melander Hagborg, PhD student of psychologi at Gothenburg University recently published a licentate through International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglectexternal link, opens in new window in cooperation with Kristina Berglund and Claudia Fahlke.

Results from the two studies included in this licentiate thesis indicate that child maltreatment is associated with a wide array of negative outcomes in adolescence. Results also support the need to stratify analyses by gender and maltreatment severity

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Sabina Kapetanovic

Structural relations between sources of parental knowledge, feelings of being overly controlled and risk behaviors in early adolescence

Sabina Kapetanovic, PhD Student of Welfare and Social Science, School of Health and Welfare in Jönköping, published an article in August in the Journal of Family Studiesexternal link, opens in new window in collaboration with Margareta Bohlin, Therese Skoog and Arne Gerdner.

In this study, we have investigated parental knowledge and its sources, namely adolescent disclosure, parental control, and parental solicitation; and how they relate to adolescents’ feelings of being overly controlled, and to three types of adolescent risk behaviors, namely bullying, substance use, and delinquent behavior. This was studied in a sample of 1520 Swedish early adolescent boys and girls (M age = 13.0). A structural equation path model showed that adolescent disclosure and parental control were positively associated with parental knowledge, which in turn related to all three risk behaviors. Adolescent disclosure was related to lower levels of risk behaviors, while parental solicitation was linked to higher levels of adolescent engagement in risk behaviors, especially for boys, through feelings of being overly controlled. The findings support the idea of a functional role of open communication, as well as adequate levels of autonomy granting, for managing boys’ and girls’ risk behavior.

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Frida Lygnegård

Linking youths’ mental, psychosocial, and emotional functioning to ICF-CY: lessons learned

Frida Lygnegård, PhD Student of Disability Studies, School of Health and Welfare in Jönköping, published an article in May in the journal of Disability and Rehabilitationexternal link, opens in new window in collaboration with Lilly Augustine, Mats Granlund and Margareta Adolfsson.

Linking ready-made questionnaires to codes within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Children and Youth Version with the intention of using the information statistically for studying mental health problems can pose several challenges. Many of the constructs measured are latent, and therefore, difficult to describe in single codes. The aim of thisstudy was to describe and discuss challenges encountered in this coding process.

A questionnaire from a Swedish research programme was linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Children and Youth Version and the agreement was assessed. Results: Including the original aim of the questionnaire into the coding process was found to be very important for managing the coding of the latent constructs of the items. Items from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Children and Youth Version chapters with narrow definitions for example mental functions, were more easily translated to meaningful concepts to code, while broadly defined chapters, such as interactions and relationships, were more difficult.

This study stresses the importance of a clear, predefined coding scheme as well as the importance of not relying too heavily on common linking rules, especially in cases when it is not possible to use multiple codes for a single item

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Karin Boson

The Junior Temperament and Character Inventory: Psychometric Properties of Multi-Informant Ratings

 Karin Boson, PhD Student of Psychology, Gothenburg University recently published a new article through the American Psychological Association in collaboration with Sven Brändström, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Sören Sigvardsson, Umeå University.

The aims of the study were (a) to establish norms for the Swedish child self-report and caregiver rating versions of the Junior and Temperament Character Inventory (JTCI) among young adolescents, (b) to investigate its psychometric properties, and (c) to investigate congruence between children’s self-reports and caregivers’ ratings of a child’s personality. The sample was a general population of 1,046 children ages 12–14 years and 654 caregivers. The JTCI was found to be reliable on all dimensions except Persistence in the child self-report version. Caregivers rated their own children’s personalities as more mature than did the children themselves. Caregivers especially overestimated their daughters’ selfreported capabilities for self-acceptance and self-efficacy and might have underestimated their daughters’ need for emotional support. This highlights the importance of including the child’s self-report on personality in both research and clinical assessments. The results also support the importance of age- and gender-separated norms.

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EMERGING SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT

Karin Boson have also met with EARA's section of young researchers and presented her studies on Well-being, Mental Health Problems, and Alcohol Experiences among Young Swedish Adolescents: a General Population Study. To read more click here and scroll down to the month of July.

 

“It's ok to be drunk, but not too drunk”

Birgitta Ander, PhD Student of Social Work, HHJ, presents her research in a new article in the periodical A&Nexternal link, opens in new window (in Swedish), Alcohol and Narcotics, which is published by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CANexternal link, opens in new window). 

Birgitta Ander (Fotograf: Kajsa Juslin)

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Data collection from the questionnaires in wave 3b was conducted during autumn of 2016 and spring of 2017. Processing of that data is in progress.

The Teacher Evaluation Questionnaire for wave 3b will be distributed during spring of 2017.

The pilot study with wave 4 questionnaires were conducted in schools in other municipalities than those participating in the project.

The planning of the next data collection, during autumn of 2017, of student questionnaires for high school grade 11 students, wave 4, is in progress. A litte more than 70 percent of this study population attends six different high schools. A personal visit to these schools will take place in the autumn of 2017. The remainder of the students will receive the questionnaire by mail.