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mikael.rostila@chess.su.se

Mikael Rostila is professor of Public Health and presently director of CHESS. He took a PhD in sociology in 2008. He is currently principal investigator of the research programme “Social determinants of health among individuals with foreign background: Societal and individual perspectives (SMASH)” financed by Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). This research programme was funded by FORTE:s call in Strategic Research Fields 2016.

Mikael defended his doctoral thesis on social capital, welfare states and health in 2008 and has since then worked as a researcher at CHESS, senior lecturer at the department of sociology of Stockholm University and as an external expert at the National Board of Health and Welfare. Mikael has also frequently visited the Department of Social and behavioral sciences at Harvard School of Public Health for longer and shorter-term guest research. Mikael's research interests include the areas:

  • Social capital and health in a policy perspective
  • The theoretical foundations of social capital
  • Social determinants of health among foreign origin people
  • Social support, social networks and health behaviours
  • Health consequences by bereavement
  • Income inequality and health

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Books

1. Rostila, M. (2008) Healthy Bridges. Studies of social capital, welfare, and health. Doctoral dissertation in sociology, Stockholm: Health Equity Studies no. 10, 164 pages.

2. Rostila, M. and Toivanen, S. (eds.) (2012) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och livsläng. Liber, Stockholm, 372 pages.

3. Rostila, M. (2013) Social capital and health inequality in European welfare states. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 236 pages. 

Articles in peer reviewed journals

4. Rostila, M. (2004) ’Vart tog det goda arbetet vägen?’, Arbetsmarknad och Arbetsliv 10(3);173-186.

5. Rostila, M. (2007) ‘Social Capital and Health in European Welfare Regimes – a multilevel approach’, Journal of European Social Policy 17(3);223-239.

6. Rostila, M. (2008) ‘The Swedish Labour market in the 1990:s: The Very Last of the Healthy Jobs?’. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 36(2);126-134.

7. Rostila, M. (2010) ‘Birds of a Feather Flock Together – and fall ill? Migrant Homophily and Health in Sweden’, Sociology of Health and Illness 32(3);382-399.

8. Rostila, M. and Saarela J. (2011) ‘Time does not heal all wounds. Mortality following the death of a parent’, Journal of Marriage and Family 73(1);236-249.

9. Rostila, M. (2011) ‘A resource-based theory of social capital for health research – Can it help us to bridge the individual and the collective facet of the concept? Social Theory and Health 9(2); 109-129.

10. Rostila, M. (2011) ‘The facets of social capital’, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41(3);308-326.

11. Oliveira, A. J., Lopes, C. S., Monteiro Ponce de Leon, A., Rostila, M., Griep, R., Fahrstein, E. (2011) ‘Social support and leisure-time physical activity: Results from the Pró- Saúde study’, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 26;8:77.

12. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2012) ‘Mortality following the death of a child: Evidence from Swedish total population register data’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66;927-933.

13. Rostila, M. Kölegård, M. and Fritzell, J. (2012) ‘Income inequality and self-rated health in Stockholm, Sweden. A test of the ‘income inequality hypothesis’ at two levels of aggregation’, Social Science and Medicine 74(7);1091-1098.

14. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2012) “The forgotten griever”: Mortality subsequent to the death of a sibling’, American Journal of Epidemiology 176(4);338-346.

15. Rostila, M. and Saarela J. (2013) ‘Invited commentary: Birth order and suicide in a broader context’, American Journal of Epidemiology 177(7);645-648.

16. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2013) ‘Myocardial infarction after the death of a sibling: A nationwide follow-up study from Sweden’. Journal of the American Heart Association 2:e000046; 1-9.

17. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2013) ‘Fatal stroke after the death of a sibling: A nationwide follow-up study from Sweden’. PLoS One 8;1-6.

18. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2013) ‘Suicide after the death of a sibling: A nationwide follow-up study from Sweden’. BMJ Open 3:e002618;1-7.

19. Dunlavy, A. and Rostila, M. (2013) Health Inequalities among workers with a foreign background: Do working conditions matter? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10:2871-2887; 6517-6533;2871-2887.

20. Oliveira, A. J., Rostila, M., Lopes, C. S. and Monteiro Ponce de Leon, A. (2013) ‘The influence of social relationships on obesity: sex differences in a longitudinal study’. Obesity 21(8);1540-1547

21. Saarela J., Finnäs, F. and Rostila, M. (2013) ‘Family effects on mortality risks at adult ages: Lessons from Swedish population register data on siblings’, Journal of Family Issues. 34(10); 1317-1334.

22. Rostila, M., Almquist, Y., Östberg, V., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. (2013) ‘Social network characteristics and daily smoking among young adults in Sweden’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10(12);6517-6533. 

23. Almquist, Y., Östberg, V., Rostila, M., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. (2014) ‘Friendship network characteristics and psychological well-being in late adolescence: Exploring differences by gender and gender composition’. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 42;146-154..

24. Olsson Berg, L., Rostila, M., Saarela, J. and Hjern, A. (2014) ’Parental death during childhood and school performance – a national cohort study. Pediatrics 133(4);682-689.

25. Rostila, M. and Fritzell, J. (2014) ‘Mortality differentials by immigrant groups in Sweden: The contribution of socioeconomic position’. American Journal of Public Health 104(4);686-695.

26. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2014) ‘Birth order and suicide at adult age: Evidence from Swedish population data’. American Journal of Epidemiology 179(12);1450-1457.

27. Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2014) ‘”The psychosocial skeleton in the closet”: Mortality following the the death of a sibling from suicide’. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 49(6);919-927. 

28. Oliveira, A. J., Rostila, M., Saarela, J. and Lopes C. S (2014) ‘The influence of bereavement on Body Mass Index: Results from a national Swedish survey’. PLoS One 9(4);e95201:1-6.

29. Oliveira A. J., Lopes, C. S., Rostila, M. Ponce de Leon, A. C., Härter Griep, R., Werneck, G. L., and Faerstein, E. (2014)  ‘Social support and leisure-time physical activity: Gender differences in a longitudinal study’. Revista de Saúde Pública 48(4);602-612.

30. Kondo, N., Rostila, M. and Åberg Yngwe, M. (2014) Rising inequality in mortality among working-age men and women in Sweden: a national registry-based repeated cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 68(12);1145-1150.

31. Manhica, H., Hjern, A., Toivanen, S. and Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Mortality in adult offspring of immigrants: A Swedish national cohort study’ PLoS One 10(2):e0116999:1-11.

32. Rostila, M., Saarela, J., Kawachi, I., and Hjern, A. (2015) ’Excess mortality around the anniversary since the death of a minor child: Causal effects of bereavement in a nationwide follow-up study from Sweden’ European Journal of Epidemiology 30(3):239-247. 

33. Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Commentary: Childhood parental loss and adulthood health: Discussing the role of parental cause of death, child’s age at death and historical context’. Social Science and Medicine 131:190-192.

34. Auguer, N. Le Serbon E., and Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Leaving Sweden behind: Gains in life expectancy in Canada’. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 43(4):340-347.

35. Manhica, H., Östh, J. and Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Dynamics of labor force participation of African migrants in Sweden – The contribution of specific country of birth and gender on employment success’. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 5(4):194-206.

36. Dunlavy, A., Garcy, A. and Rostila, M. (2016) Education-occupation mismatch and health among foreign born workers in Sweden. Social Science & Medicine 154:36-44.

37. Manhica, H., Hollander, A-C., Almquist, Y. Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (2016) ‘Schizophrenia in young refugees and intercountry adoptees in Sweden: a national cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry Open 2: 6-9.

38. Saarela, J., Cederström, A. and Rostila, M. (2016) ‘Birth order and mortality in two ethno-linguistic groups: register-based evidence from Finland. Social Science & Medicine 158:8-13.

39. Miething, A, Almquist, Y.B., Östberg, V., Rostila, M., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. (2016) Friendship networks and psychological well-being from late adolescence to young adulthood: A structural  equation modeling approach. BMC Psychology. 11;4(1):1-11. 

40. Berg, L, Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (2016) ’Parental death during childhood increases the risk of depression in young adults – a national cohort study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 57(9):1092-1098.

41. Rostila M., Berg, L., Arat, A., Vinnerljung, B. and Hjern, A. (2016) ’Parental death in childhood and self-inflicted injuries in young adults - a national cohort study from Sweden. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 25(10):1103-1111.

42. Straatman, V.S., Oliveira, A.J., Rostila, M. and Lopes, C.S. (2016) ’Psychological well-being, onset and persistence of insufficiently active and sedentary behavior in early adolescence: findings from longitudinal ELANA study’. BMC Public Health 16:977.

43. Miething, A., Rostila, M., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. (2016) The influence of social network characteristics on peer clustering in smoking: A two-wave panel study of 19- and 23-year-old Swedes. PLoS One 11(10): e0164611. 

44. Manhica, H., Gauffin, K., Almquist, Y., Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (2016) Hospital admission and criminality associated with substance misuse in young refugees - a Swedish national cohort study. PLoS One 11(11):e0166066.

45. Miething, A., Almquist, Y., Östberg, V., Edling, C. and Rydgren, J. Rostila, M. (2016) ‘Friendship network trust and psychological well-being from late adolescence to young adulthood: A structural equation modeling approach’. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 45(3):244-252.

46. Dunlavy, A. and Rostila, M. (2017) ’Arbetsmiljö och hälsa bland utrikesfödda anställda i Sverige’. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv 23(1):46-65. 

47. Johnson, C., Rostila, M, Forsell, Y., Engström K. (2017) ‘The role of social capital in explaining mental health inequalities between immigrants and Swedish-born: a population-based cross-sectional study’ BMC Public Health 17;117:1-15.

48. Honkaniemi, H., Bacchus Hertzman, J., Fritzell, J. and Rostila, M. (2017) ‘A systematic review of health inequalities in the Nordic welfare states by country of birth’ BMC Public Health 17(1):511. 

49. Manhica, H. Gauffin, K., Almquist, Y., Rostila, M., Berg, L., Rodriguez Garcia de Cortázar, A., Hjern, A. (2017) Hospital admissions due to alcohol related disorders among young adult refugees who arrived in Sweden as teenagers - a national cohort study. BMC Public Health. 17(1):64  

50. Rostila M., Berg, L., Saarela, J., Kawachi, I. and Hjern, A. (2017) Experience of sibling death in childhood and risk of adult mortality: a national cohort study from Sweden. American Journal of Epidemiology. 185(12):1247-1254.

51. Manhica, H., Almquist, Y., Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (forthcoming) ‘The use of psychiatric services by young adults who came to Sweden as teenage refugees: a national cohort study’. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

52. Finnäs, F., Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. (forthcoming) ‘Separation and reproduction following the death of a child: A nationwide follow-up study from Finland’ Population Studies.

Book chapters

53. Rostila, M. (2007) ‘Social capital and Health in the Swedish Welfare State’, in J. Fritzell  & O. Lundberg (eds.) Health Inequalities and Welfare Resources – Continuity and change in Sweden. Policy Press, Bristol, Pp. 157-178.  

54. Rostila, M. (2012) ‘Ensam är inte stark: Om sociala nätverk, socialt kapital och hälsa’, in M. Rostila  & S. Toivanen (eds.) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och livslängd. Liber, Stockholm.

55. Rostila, M. and Toivanen, S. (2012) ‘Den orättvisa hälsan’, in M. Rostila  & S. Toivanen (eds.) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och  livslängd. Liber, Stockholm.  

56. Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (2012) ‘Invandring och ojämlikhet i hälsa’, in M. Rostila & S. Toivanen (eds.) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och livslängd. Liber, Stockholm.

57. Rostila, M. and Toivanen, S. (2012) ‘Vägar till en rättvis hälsa’, in M. Rostila  & S. Toivanen (eds.) Den orättvisa hälsan. Socioekonomiska faktorers betydelse för hälsa och livslängd. Liber, Stockholm.  

58. Rostila, M. (2013) ’The social capital of welfare states and its significance for population health’, in Kawachi, I., Takao, S. and Subramanian, S.V. (eds.) Global perspectives on social capital and health. Springer, New York.

59. Rostila, M. (2013) ’The social capital of welfare states and its significance for population health’, in Kawachi, I., Takao, S. and Subramanian, S.V. (eds.) Global perspectives on social capital  and health. [Japanse transaltion] Springer Verlag GmbH & CoKG, The English Agency (Japan).

60. Rostila, M., Nygård, M., and Nyqvist, F. (2015) ‘The role of welfare states and social capital for self-rated health among older Europeans’, in Forsman, A. and Nyqvist F. (eds.) Social capital and health among older people: the meaning of community and context. Springer, New York.

61. Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Gøsta Esping-Andersen: Welfare regimes and social inequalities in health’ In Collyer, F. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 

62. Rostila, M. (2015) ‘Barn som förlorar en förälder: Konsekvenser för hälsa och dödlighet’. In Järkestig-Berggren, U., Magnusson, L. and Hanson, E. (eds.) Att se barn som anhöriga – om  relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar.Pp. 133-154 NKA Barn som anhöriga 2015:6.

63. Hjern, A., Berg, L., Rostila, M., and Vinnerljung, B. (2015) ’Barn som anhöriga: hur går det i skolan?’. In Järkestig-Berggren, U., Magnusson, L. and Hanson, E. (eds.) Att se barn som anhöriga om relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar. Pp.117-132 NKA Barn som anhöriga 2015:6.

64. Honkaniemi, H., Wimark, T., Juarez, S., Lagerqvist, M., & Rostila, M. (2017). Social hållbarhet i kollektivtrafiken. In: Thomas Wimark (Ed) Metoder och verktyg för sociala nyttoberäkningar i kollektivtrafiken. Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet. 

Reports

65. Hjern, A., Berg, L., Rostila, M., and Vinnerljung, B. (2013) ’Barn som anhöriga: hur går det i  skolan?’, Centre for Health Equity Studies and NKA Barn som Anhöriga 2013:3.

66. Arnberg, F., Bergh Johannesson, K., Bondjers, K., Nilsson, D., Rostila, M. and Ängarne-Lindberg, T. (2014) ’Utvärdering av Barntraumateamet i Norrköping’, NKA Barn som Anhöriga 2014:2. 

67. Hjern, A., Arat, A., Rostila, M., Berg, L. and Vinnerljung, B. (2014) ’Hälsa och sociala livsvillkor hos unga vuxna som förlorat en förälder i dödsfall under barndomen’, Centre for Health Equity Studies and NKA Barn som Anhöriga 2014:3.

68. Finnäs, F., Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. (2015) ‘Separation and reproduction following the death of a child: A nationwide follow-up study from Finland’ Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2015:5.

Other articles in Swedish

69. Rostila, M. and Saarela J. (2011) ’Att förlora en förälder dödar: Vården måste ta större ansvar även för anhöriga’, Läkartidningen 14(108); 813.

70. Rostila, M. and Toivanen S. (2012) ’Medicinska framsteg inte tillräckligt för bättre hälsa’,vDagens Arena.

71. Rostila, M. (2013) ’Bättre sociala relationer i socialdemokratiska samhällen’, SVD Brännpunkt 2013-03-09.

72. Rostila, M. (2013) ’Sociala relationer är inte bara allmän tillit’, SVD Brännpunkt 2013-03-14.

73. Rostila, M. (2013) ’Orättvis fördelning av hälsa’, Fria Tidningen 2013-10-03.