Associate Professor of Sociology
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Bitte Modin is a sociologist who has studied both short- and long-term health implications of children’s early social environment. Her current research largely focuses on various aspects of the school environment (e.g. work load and social relations) and their relationship with young people’s health in Sweden and other countries. She has for example published studies on how bullying prevalence, school climate, behaviour problems, psychosocial working conditions and school performance indicators are associated with student health. Other research areas of interest has concerned the more long-term implications of children’s social conditions during upbringing for later health and mortality, such as birth order, school marks and peer status. Yet another area of interest has been the transmission of health inequalities across multiple generations. Here, she has published studies on inter- and multigenerational effects on topics such as illegitimacy, income and school performance. At present, she is also the the coordinator of the Postgraduate programme at CHESS.
Modin, B., Erikson, R., Vågerö, D. (2012). Intergenerational continuity in school performance: Do grandparents matter? European Sociological Review, DOI:10.1093/esr/jcs064.
Almquist, Y., Modin, B., Augustin, L. (2012). Peer acceptance, teacher support and subjective health complaints. A multilevel approach. Accepted for publication in Journal of School Health.
Wallby, T, Modin, B., Hjern, A. (2012). Child health care utilisation in families with young or single mothers in a Swedish county. Journal of Child Health Care, 17(1), 17-29.
Tiikkaja, S., Olsson, M., Malki, N., Modin, B., Sparén, P. (2012). Familial risk of premature cardiovascular mortality and the impact of intergenerational occupational class mobility. Social Science & Medicine, 75(10), 1883-90.
Låftman, B.S., Modin, B., Östberg, V. (2012). Cyberbullying and subjective health. A large-scale study of students in Stockholm, Sweden" for publication. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(1), 112–119.
Modin, B., Östberg, V., Toivanen, S. and Sundell, K. (2011). Psychosocial working conditions, school sense of coherence and subjective health complaints. A multilevel analysis of ninth grade pupils in the Stockholm area. Journal of Adolescence, 34(1), 129-39.
Toivanen, S and Modin, B. (2011). Social determinants of health at different phases of life. Editorial in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18(1), 1-4.
Chen, T-J., Modin, B., Cheng-Ye, J. and Hjern, A. (2011). Regional, socioeconomic and urban-rural disparities in child and adolescent obesity in China: a multilevel analysis. Acta Pædiatrica, 100(12):1583-9.
Fors, S., Modin, B., Koupil, I. and Vågerö, D. (2011). Socioeconomic inequalities in circulatory and all-cause mortality after retirement: the impact of mid-life income and old-age pension. Evidence from the Uppsala Birth Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(7):e16. Epub 2011 Jun 7.
Låftman, B.S., Modin, B. (2011). School-performance indicators and subjective health complaints: are there gender differences? Sociology of Health and Illness, 34(4):608-25.
Lager, A., Modin, B., DeStavola, B. and Vågerö, D. (2011). Social origin, schooling and individual change in intelligence during childhood influence long-term mortality: a 68-year follow-up study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41(2):398-404.
Almquist, Y., Modin, B., and 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.
Modin, B., Östberg, V. and Almquist, Y. (2010). Childhood peer status and adult susceptibility to anxiety and depression. A 30-Year Hospital Follow-up. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 187-199.
Modin, B., Vågerö, D. and Koupil, I. (2009): The impact of early twentieth century illegitimacy across three generations. Longevity and inter-generational health correlates. Social Science & Medicine, 68, 1633–1640.
Modin, B. and Fritzell, J. (2009). The long arm of the family: Are parental and grandparental earnings related to young men’s body mass index and cognitive ability? International Journal of Epidemiology, 38(3):733-44.
Modin, B. and Östberg,V. (2009). School climate and psychosomatic health. A multilevel analysis of nearly 20,000 ninth grade students in the larger Stockholm area. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 20, 4, 433-455.
Modin, B., Vågerö, D., Hallqvist, J. and Koupil, I. (2008). The contribution of parental and grandparental childhood social disadvantage to circulatory disease diagnosis in young Swedish men. Social Science & Medicine, 66, 822–834.
Östberg, V. and 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 & Medicine, 66, 835–848.
April 2, 2013
Page editor: Ylva B Almquist
Source: CXentre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS)