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Sara Brolin Låftman is a sociologist and her research interests are the living conditions of children and young people, with a focus on the school as a work environment and as a social arena.



Låftman, S.B. (2010). Children’s Living Conditions. Studies on Health, Family and School. Dissertation series no 77. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Social Research.

Peer-reviewed articles

Låftman, S.B., Östberg, V & Modin, B. (2017). School Leadership and Cyberbullying–A Multilevel Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101226.

Låftman, S.B. & Modin, B. (2017). Peer Victimization among Classmates: Associations with Students’ Internalizing Problems, Self‐Esteem, and Life Satisfaction. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101218.

Låftman, S.B., Magnusson, C. (2017). Do health complaints in adolescence negatively predict the chance of entering tertiary education in young adulthood? Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1177/1403494817713649. 

Låftman, S.B., Fransson, E., Modin, B., Östberg, V. (2017). National data study showed that adolescents living in poorer households and with one parent were more likely to be bullied, Acta Pædiatrica. doi:10.1111/apa.13997.

Bohman, H., Låftman, S.B., Päären, A., Jonsson, U. (2017) Parental separation in childhood as a risk factor for depression in adulthood. A community-based study of adolescents screened for depression and followed up after 15 years, BMC Psychiatry. 

Östberg, V., Modin, B., & Låftman, S.B. (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.

Fransson E., Låftman, S.B., Östberg, V., Hjern, A., & Bergström, M. (2017). The Living Conditions of Children with Shared Residence – the Swedish Example, Child Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/s12187-017-9443-1.

Låftman, S.B., Modin, B., & Östberg, V. (2016). School climate and exposure to bullying: A multilevel study, School Effectiveness and School Improvement doi:10.1080/09243453.2016.1253591   

Alm, S. & Låftman, S.B. (2016). Future orientation climate in the school class: relations to adolescent delinquency, heavy alcohol use, and internalizing problems, Children and Youth Services Review 70:324-331.  

Mood, C., Jonsson, J.O., & Låftman, S.B. (2016). The mental health advantage of immigrant-background youth: The role of family factors, Journal of Marriage and the Family doi: 10.1111/jomf.12340

Mood, C., Jonsson, J.O., & Låftman, S.B. (2016). Immigrant integration and youth mental health in four European countries, European Sociological Review doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw027

Låftman, S.B., Modin, B., Östberg, V., Hoven, H., & Plenty, S. (2015). Effort-Reward Imbalance in the School Setting: Associations with Somatic Pain and Self-Rated Health, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 43:123-9.

Modin, B., Låftman, S.B., & Östberg, V. (2015). Bullying in context: an analysis of psychosomatic complaints among adolescents in Stockholm, Journal of School Violence 14: 382-404.

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 Research, 8, 403-423.

Låftman, S.B., Bergström, M., Modin, B., & Östberg, V. (2014). Joint physical custody, turning to parents for emotional support, and subjective health: A study of adolescents in Stockholm, Sweden, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 24, 456-462.

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.

Låftman, S.B., Modin, B. & Östberg, V. (2013). Cyberbullying and subjective health: a large- scale study of students in Stockholm, Sweden, Children and Youth Services Review, 35: 112–119.

Låftman, S.B. & Modin, B. (2012). School-performance indicators and subjective health  complaints: are there gender differences? Sociology of Health and Illness, 34: 608–625. 

Låftman, S.B. (2010). Family structure and children’s living conditions: A comparative study of 24 countries, Child Indicators Research, 3(1), 127–147.

Låftman, S.B. (2008). Parent presence and gender-typicalness of educational choice, British Journal of Sociology, 59(4), 757–782.

Låftman, S.B. & Östberg, V. (2006). The pros and cons of social relations. An analysis of adolescents’ health complaints, Social Science and Medicine, 63(3), 611–23. 

Conference abstracts

Bohman, H., Låftman, S.B., Päären, A., & Jonsson, U. (2016). Somatic symptoms in adolescence as a predictor of inpatient care for mental disorders in adulthood, European Journal of Public Health, 26, Supplement 1, 92.               

Låftman, S.B., Fransson, E., & Östberg, V. (2016). Sociodemographic inequalities in adolescents’ health-related behaviours: the case of Sweden, European Journal of Public Health, 26, Supplement 1, 414. 

Östberg, V., Fransson, E., & Låftman, S.B. (2016). Inequalities in subjective health complaints in Swedish adolescents: an intersectional approach, European Journal of Public Health​, 26, Supplement 1, ​114. 

Modin. B., Låftman, S.B., & Östberg, V. (2012). Bullying in context – an analysis of health complaints among adolescents in greater Stockholm, European Journal of Public Health, 22, Supplement 2, 221.

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, Supplement 2, 220.

Book chapters and reports

Östberg, V., Modin. B., & Låftman, S.B. (2014). Social utsatthet i skolan. Erfarenheter av mobbning och psykisk hälsa bland unga vuxna, kapitel 4 i Evertsson, M. och Magnusson, C. (red.), Ojämlikhetens dimensioner. Uppväxtvillkor, arbete och hälsa i Sverige, Stockholm: Liber.

Jonsson, J. O., Låftman, S.B., Rudolphi, F. & Waldén, P. E. (2012). ”Integration, etnisk mångfald och attityder bland högstadieelever”, Appendix 6 (pp. 263-391) to the Governmental Commission, SOU 2012:74, Främlingsfienden inom oss. Stockholm: Fritzes.

Almquist, Y. B. & Låftman, S. B. (2012). Hälsosamt samspel i skolan, Framtider, 3: 12–15.

Almquist, Y. B., Låftman, S. B., & Östberg, V. (2012). Skolan som social arena och elevers psykiska ohälsa, chapter 16 in Rostila, M. and Toivanen, S. (Eds.), Den orättvisa hälsan. Om socioekonomiska skillnader i hälsa och dödlighet, Stockholm: Liber.

Jonsson, J. O. & Låftman, S. B. (2001). Boende, närmiljö och trygghet, chapter 5 in Barns ochungdomars välfärd, SOU 2001:55. Stockholm: Fritzes.

Jonsson, J. O., Östberg, V., & Låftman, S. B. (2001). Att studera de yngres välfärd: en inledande beskrivning av levnadsnivåperspektivet och Barn-LNU, chapter 1 i Barns och ungdomars välfärd, SOU 2001:55. Stockholm: Fritzes.

Låftman, S. B. & Östberg, V. (2004). Barns och ungdomars sociala relationer och psykiska välbefinnande, chapter 2 in Bygren, M., Gähler, M. och Nermo, M. (Eds.), Familj och arbete – vardagsliv i förändring, Stockholm: SNS Förlag.