Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • 2004
    Associate Professor in Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • 1996
    PhD in Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • 1988
    Degree of Bachelor of Social Science in Behavioural Research with advanced studies in Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Selected publications

  • Östberg, V., Låftman, S. (2017). Girls with highly educated parents have less somatic complaints. Sociologisk Forskning, 54, 4, 335-339.

  • Östberg, V., Modin, B., Låftman, S. (2017). Exposure to school bullying and psychological health in young adulthood: A prospective 10-year follow-up study. Journal of School Violence, doi: 10.1080/15388220.2017.1296770

  • Östberg, V., Almquist, Y. B., Folkesson, L., Brolin Låftman, S., Modin, B., and Lindfors, P. (2015). The complexity of stress in mid-adolescent girls and boys. Findings from the multiple methods School Stress and Support Study. Child Indicators Research, 8, 403-423.

  • Åberg Yngwe, M., and Östberg, V. (2013). The family's economic resources and adolescents' health complaints – do adolescents' own economic resources matter? European Journal of Public Health, 23, 1, 24-29.

  • Jonsson, J.O., & Östberg, V. (2010). Studying young people’s level of living: The Swedish Child-LNU. Child Indicators Research, 3, 47-64.

  • Östberg, V. & Modin, B. (2008). Status relations in school and their relevance for health in a life course perspective: Findings from the Aberdeen children of the 1950’s cohort study. Social Science and Medicine, 66, 835-848



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Main applicant, project grant (“Stressors, stress and health complaints in adolescent girls and boys”, dnr 2015-0039) from The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte); 2015 – 2017

  • Main applicant, programme grant (“The relevance of the school for young people’s psychological and psychosomatic health”, dnr 2006-1637) from The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) and the Swedish Research Council (VR); 2007 – 2013

  • Main applicant, project grant (appointment as researcher in the field “Children’s living conditions and health“, dnr 2006-0707) from The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS); 2007 – 2010

  • Main applicant, project grant (“The mental well-being of children and adolescents”, no 421-2004-1231) from the Swedish Research Council (VR); 2005 – 2006

  • Main applicant, project grant (appointment as researcher in the field ”Children and family”, dnr 2001-2995) from The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 1999 – 2004

  • Co-applicant, project grant (prof. Bitte Modin PI, “Social determinants for learning and health in the context of school”, dnr 2013-0159); Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd (Forte); 2014 – 2016

  • Co-applicant, project grant (prof. Bitte Modin PI, “Psychological health in the context of school”, Vårdalstiftelsen (Idéprövningen); 2013 – 2014

  • Co-applicant, project grant (prof. Jan O Jonsson, PI, ”The welfare of children and adolescents”, dnr F0110/2001), from FAS; 2001 – 2002

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences for The Swedish Research Council (VR), 2016-2018

  • Chair of the review panel HS-C for The Swedish Research Council (VR), 2016

  • Member of the review panel ”Care and social relations" for The Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), 2008-2011

  • Member of committee evaluating the State-of-the-science on school children’s psychological health, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science, 2007−2010

  • Member of "Socialtjänstakademin" reviewing proposals for research grant involving cooperation between researchers and the social services on behalf of the Social Services in Stockholm, Stockholms stad, 2009-2010

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