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My interests largely revolve around two strands of research:

  1. The role of school-related factors for psychological and psychosomatic health among contemporary youth. These factors are located at various levels; from the societal level (e.g. school segregation), to the school level (leadership, climate, and culture), to the school-class level (e.g. social support, peer relations, status, and popularity), to the individual level (e.g. cognitive skills, school performance, personality, and behaviours). 
  2. The importance of childhood conditions for outcomes across the life course. Childhood conditions encompass circumstances primarily related to school and to the school class (e.g. peer status, school performance, friendships), as well as to parents and siblings (e.g. social class, educational level, income, social assistance recipiency, mental health, alcohol problems, sibship size, and birth order). I am also studying the implications of placement in foster care for life chances.

Since 2014, I am chair of the steering committee for The Stockholm Birth Cohort study which is a longitudinal data material with rich information on living conditions across the entire life course. Read more

Currently, I am Director of Studies at CHESS with reponsibility for our Master's programme in Public Health. I also teach quantitative methods. We have developed an open access guide to quantitative methods that combines theory and practice. Read more

During 2017-2018, I have a part-time (20 %) position one of 13 appointed liasion officers at Stockholm University. This position involves monitoring and support of collaborative projects with the overall aim of increasing the University's collaboration with the community outside academia. My responsibility covers Department of Sociology, Department of Social Work, SoRAD, SOFI, and CHESS. Read more

Projects

Present projects

Principal investigator

  • Coexisting welfare problems (PI: Ylva B Almquist) Read more
  • Reproduction of inequality through linked lives (RELINK) (PI: Bitte Modin & Ylva B Almquist) Read more

Co-investigator

  • School-contextual pathways to psychological symptoms among Swedish youth in the wake of the 1990s school reforms (PI: Bitte Modin) Read more
  • Stressors, stress and health complaints in adolescent girls and boys (2016-2018, PI: Viveca Östberg) Read more

Membership/participation

  • Individual life chances in social context, LIFEINCON (PI: Jens Rydgren) Read more
  • Mental health in adolescence and the paths ahead. An ecological life course approach to mental health trajectories into adulthood (PI: Anne Hammarström)
  • Social determinants of learning and health within the context of school (PI: Bitte Modin) Read more

Past projects

  • The relevance of the school for young people’s psychological health (PI: Viveca Östberg) Read more

Publications

  1. Almquist, Y. B. (2009) Peer status in school and adult disease risk. A 30-year follow-up study of disease-specific morbidity in a Stockholm cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(12):1028-1034. Read more
  2. Almquist, Y. B., Modin, B. & Östberg, V. (2010). Childhood social status in society and school: implications for the transition to higher levels of education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(1):31-45. Read more
  3. Modin, B., Östberg, V. & Almquist, Y. B. (2011) Childhood peer status and adult susceptibility to anxiety and depression. A 30-year hospital follow-up. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 39:187-199. Read more
  4. Almquist, Y. B. (2011) Social isolation in the classroom and adult health: A longitudinal study of a 1953 cohort. Advances in Life Course Research. 16(1):1-12. Read more
  5. Almquist, Y. B. (2012) Childhood friendships and adult health: Findings from the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Cohort study. European Journal of Public Health, 22(3):378-383. Read more
  6. Almquist, Y. B. (2011) A class of origin: The school class as a social context and health disparities in a life-course perspective. Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University [doctoral thesis]. Read more
  7. Almquist, Y. B. (2011) The school class as a social network and contextual effects on childhood and adult health: Findings from the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Cohort study. Social Networks, 33(4):281-291. Read more
  8. af Klinteberg, B., Almquist, Y. B., Beijer, U. & Rydelius, P-A. (2011) Family psychosocial characteristics influencing criminal behaviour and mortality - possible mediating factors: A longitudinal study of male and female subjects in the Stockholm Birth Cohort. BMC Public Health, 11:751. Read more
  9. Almquist, Y. B., Låftman, S. B. & Östberg, V. (2012) 'Skolan som social arena och elevers hälsa', in M. Rostila & S. Toivanen (Eds.) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och livslängd. Stockholm: Liber. Read more
  10. Almquist, Y. B. & Brännström, L. (2012) Childhood peer status and the clustering of adverse living conditions in adulthood. SOFI Working Papers 1/2012. Stockholm: Stockholm University. Read more
  11. Almquist, Y. B. & Låftman, S. B. (2012) Hälsosamt samspel i skolan. Framtider, 2012/3. Stockholm: Institutet för Framtidsstudier. Read more
  12. Östberg, V., Almquist, Y. B., Folkesson, L., Låftman, S. B., Modin, B., & Lindfors, P. (2012). Triangulation of stress in adolescence. European Journal of Public Health, 22(Suppl. 2):220. Read more
  13. Almquist, Y. B. & Östberg, V. (2013) Social relationships and subsequent health-related behaviours: Linkages between adolescent peer status and levels of adult smoking in a Stockholm cohort. Addiction, 108(3): 629-637. Read more
  14. Almquist, Y. B. (2013) School performance as a precursor of adult health: Exploring associations to disease-specific hospital care and their possible explanations. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 41(1): 81-91. Read more
  15. Låftman, S. B., Almquist, Y. B., & Östberg, V. (2013) Students’ accounts of school-performance stress: a qualitative analysis of a high-achieving setting in Stockholm, Sweden. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(7):932-949. Read more
  16. Almquist, Y. B., Modin, B. & Augustine, L. (2013) Peer acceptance in the school class and subjective health complaints. A multilevel approach. Journal of School Health, 83(10):690-696. Read more
  17. Almquist, Y. B., & Brännström, L. (2013) Childhood friendships and the clustering of adverse circumstances in adulthood. A longitudinal study of a Stockholm cohort. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 4(3):180-195. Read more
  18. Almquist, Y. B., Östberg, V., Rostila, M., Edling, C., & Rydgren, J. (2013) Friendship network characteristics and psychological well-being in late adolescence: Exploring differences by gender and gender composition. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.1177/1403494813510793 Read more                                    
  19. Rostila, M., Almquist, Y. B., Östberg, V., Edling, C., & Rydgren, J. (2013) Social network characteristics and daily smoking among young adults in Sweden. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10: 6517-6533. Read more
  20. Almquist, Y. B. (2014) 'Hälsosamt samspel i skolan - långsiktiga effekter', in På väg in: Ungdomars liv och försörjning. Socialförsäkringsrapport 2014:3 (s. 73-82). E-print: Försäkringskassan. Read more
  21. Almquist, Y. B. & Brännström, L. (2014) Childhood peer status and the clustering of social, economic, and health-related circumstances in adulthood. Social Science & Medicine, 105: 67-75. Read more
  22. Östberg, V., Almquist, Y. B., Folkesson, L., Låftman, S. B., Modin, B., & Lindfors, P. (2014) The complexity of stress in mid-adolescent girls and boys. Findings from the multiple methods School Stress and Support Study. Child Indicators Reseach, 8:403-423. Read more
  23. Plenty, S., Östberg, V., Almquist, Y. B., Augustine, L., & Modin, B. (2014) Psychosocial school working conditions: An analysis of emotional symptoms and conduct problems amongst Swedish adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 37(4): 407-417. Read more
  24. Almquist, Y. B. (2015) Childhood origins and adult destinations: The impact of childhood living conditions on coexisting disadvantages in adulthood. International Journal of Social Welfare, doi: 10.1111/ijsw.12178 Read more
  25. Manhica, H., Hollander, A-C., Almquist, Y. B., Rostila, M., & Hjern, A. (2016) Origin and schizophrenia in young refugees and intercountry adoptees from Latin America and East Africa in Sweden: a comparative study. BJPsych Open, 2(1):6-9. Read more
  26. Kjellström, J., Almquist, Y. B., & Modin, B. (2016) Lärares arbetsvillkor och hälsa efter 90-talets skolreformer. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, 22(1).
  27. Carlson, P., & Almquist, Y. B. (2016) Are area-level effects just a proxy for school-level effects? Socioeconomic differences in alcohol consumption patterns among Swedish adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.05.031 Read more
  28. Manhica, H., Almquist, Y. B., Rostila, M., & Hjern, A. (2016) The use of psychiatric services by young adults who came to Sweden as teenage refugees: a national cohort study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, doi: 10.1017/S2045796016000445 Read more
  29. Miething, A., Almquist, Y. B., Östberg, V., Rostila, M., Edling, C., & Rydgren, J. (2016) Friendship networks and psychological well-being from late adolescence to young adulthood: A gender-specific structural equation modeling approach. BMC Psychology, doi: 10.1186/s40359-016-0143-2 Read more
  30. Landstedt, E., Almquist, Y. B., Eriksson, M., & Hammarström, A. (2016) Disentangling the directions of associations between structural social capital and mental health: Longitudinal analyses of gender, civic engagement and depressive symptoms. Social Science & Medicine, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.005 Read more
  31. Almquist, Y. B., Landstedt, E., & Hammarström, A. (2017) Associations between social support and depressive symptoms: Social causation or social selection – or both? European Journal of Public Health, 27(1):84-89. Read more
  32. Kjellström, J., Modin, B., & Almquist, Y. B. (2016) Support from parents and teachers in relation to psychosomatic health complaints among adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, doi: 10.1111/jora.12281 Read more
  33. Gao, M., Brännström, L., & Almquist, Y. B. (2016). Exposure to out-of-home care in childhood and adult all-cause mortality: a cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, doi: 10.1093/ije/dyw295 Read more
  34. Torssander, J., & Almquist, Y. B. (2017) Trajectories of economic, work- and health-related disadvantage and subsequent mortality risk. Advances in Life Course Research, 31:57-67. Read more
  35. Miething, A., Almquist, Y. B., Edling, C., Rydgren, J., & Rostila, M. (2016) Friendship trust and psychological well-being from late adolescence to early adulthood: A structural equation modeling approach. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.1177/1403494816680784 Read more
  36. Landstedt, E., Brydsten, A., Hammarström, A., Virtanen, P., & Almquist, Y. B. (2016) The role of social position and mental health in adolescence for life-course trajectories of education and work: A cohort study. BMC Public Health, 16(1):1169. Read more
  37. Brännström, L., Forsman, H., Vinnerljung, B., & Almquist, Y. B., (2017) The truly disadvantaged? Midlife outcome dynamics of individuals with experiences of out-of-home care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 67:408-418. Read more
  38. Manhica, H., Gauffin, K., Almquist, Y. B., Rostila, M., Hjern, A. (2016) Hospital admission and criminality associated with substance misuse in young refugees – a Swedish national cohort study. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166066 Read more
  39. Almquist, Y. B., & Brännström, L. (2017) Childhood adversity and trajectories of disadvantage through adulthood: findings from the Stockholm Birth Cohort study. Social Indicators Research, doi: 10.1007/s11205-016-1528-6 Read more
  40. Almquist, Y. B. (2017) Sociala hierarkier styr elevernas livschanser. Pedagogiska magasinet 2017:1. Stockholm: Lärarförbundet. Read more
  41. Brännström L., Vinnerljung, B., Forsman, H., Almquist, Y. B. (In press) Children placed in out-of-home care as midlife adults: Are they still disadvantaged or have they caught up with their peers? Child Maltreatment.
  42. Manhica, H., Gauffin, K., Almquist, Y. B., Rostila, M., Berg, L., Rodríguez García de Cortázar, A., & Hjern, A. (In press). Hospital admissions due to alcohol related disorders among young adult refugees who arrived in Sweden as teenagers – a national cohort study. BMC Public Health.  
  43. Zetterström-Dahlqvist, H., Landstedt, E., Almquist, Y. B., & Gillander-Gådin, K. (In press). A Non-Randomized Pragmatic Trial of a School-Based Group Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Preventing Depression in Girls. International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
  44. Almquist, Y. B., Landstedt, E., Jackisch, J., Rajaleid, K., Westerlund, H., & Hammarström, A. (2017) Growing through asphalt: What counteracts thue long-term negative health impact of youth adversity? European Journal of Public Health. 27(Suppl 3): ckx187.120
  45. Almquist, Y. B., Högnäs, R. S., & Modin B. (2017) Only the lonely? All-cause mortality among children without siblings and children without friends. European Journal of Public Health. 27(Suppl 3): ckx187.308

Education

  • [2011] PhD, Sociology, Stockholm University.
  • [2008] MSc, Intercultural pedagogy, Södertörn University College.
  • [2007] BSc, Psychology, Stockholm University.
  • [2007] MSc, Public Health Science, Mid Sweden University.
  • [2006] MSc, Sociology, Umeå University.

Positions

  • [2017-] Appointed Liasion Officer, Stockholm University.
  • [2015-] Director of Studies, Master's programme, at CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet.
  • [2014-] Associate Professor at CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet.
  • [2011-2013] PhD/Researcher at CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet.
  • [2008-2011] PhD Student at CHESS , Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet and Department of Sociology, Stockholm University.
  • [2005-2008] Research assistant at CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet.
  • [2004-2006] Project assistant at School of Business Studies, Södertörns Högskola and at Centre for Tobacco Prevention, Stockholm County Council. 

Visiting researcher positions

  • [2009] Guest researcher, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University (sept-dec).

Assignments

  • [2014-] Chair of the steering committee for the Stockholm Birth Cohort study.
  • [2014-] Staff representative in the board at CHESS.
  • [2013-] Member of the steering committee for the Stockholm Birth Cohort study.
  • [2010] Doctoral student representative in the Faculty of Social Sciences Board.
  • [2010] Doctoral student representative (substitute) in the board at the Department of Sociology.
  • [2009-2010] Member of the doctoral student council at the Department of Sociology (secretary from jan 2010).

Networks

  • Member (CHESS' contact person) of "Network for Research on Social Policy and Welfare".
  • Member of "The International Network for Research on Inequalities in Child Health" (INRICH).
  • Member of "School as an Origin of Health Disparity and Adversity" (SOHDA).

Teaching

  • [2013-2014, 2015-2016] Course manager, "Master Thesis in Public Health", advanced level, 30 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • [2014] Course manager, "Methodology I – Research Methods", advanced level, 7.5 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • [2009, 2011, 2013, 2015] Course assistant, "Methodology II - Quantitative Methods in Public Health Sciences", advanced level, 7.5 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • [2011, 2013, 2015] Course manager, "SPSS and Data Management", advanced level, 3.0 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • [2011] Course assistant, "Health Inequalities among Children and Youth", advanced level, 7.5 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • [2007, 2008] Course manager, "Methods for Investigation", undergraduate level, 7.5 credit points, Södertörn University College.
  • [2006] Course assistant, "Methods for Investigation", undergraduate level, 7.5 credit points, Södertörn University College.
  • Given lectures at e.g. Karolinska Institutet. Organised and thaught several reading courses and method workshops for master students and PhD students at CHESS.

Supervision

  • [2016-] Supervisor to one doctoral student (Josephine Jackisch).
  • [2015-] Co-supervisor to one doctoral student (Johan Rehnberg).
  • [2014-] Co-supervisor to one doctoral student (Hélio Manhica).
  • [2016] Two advanced-level students.
  • [2015] Two undergraduate-level students.
  • [2014] Four advanced-level students.
  • [2012] Four advanced-level students and one undergraduate-level student.
  • [2011] One undergraduate-level student.
  • [2010] One advanced-level student.

Other

  • [2007-] Responsible for the graphical profile at CHESS.
  • [2015] Completed course in University Pedagogy - "Supervision of research - theory and practice" (3.0 credits).
  • [2013] Completed course in University Pedagogy - "Supervision of degree projects" (4.5 credits).
  • [2011] Data manager for the Stockholm Birth Cohort study.
  • [2011] Editor for the Stockholm Birth Cohort study website.
  • [2010] Completed course in "University Pedagogy 1" (3.0 credits).
  • [2009] Editor for the Stockholm Birth Cohort website.
  • [2007-2008] DiVA-administrator (reference database management).
  • [2007] Certificate for completed training in the publication tool Polopoly at Stockholm University.
  • [2006-2011] Editor for the CHESS website.
  • [2006-2008] Reference/publication manager at CHESS.
  • [2005-2010] Assistant data manager for the Stockholm Birth Cohort study.
  • Occasional peer reviews for: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Educational Research and Reviews, European Sociological Review, European Journal of Psychiatry, Global Health Action, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Learning and Individual Differences, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Pediatrics, PLOS Medicine, PLOS ONE, Small Group Research, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Health & Illness.