Psychosocial Determinants of Mental Health

We study the complex interplay of individual, family, and friendship factors in the development of good and poor mental health.

Main questions:

  • How do parental environments and peer influences interact with individual factors in shaping mental health?

  • Which mechanisms in families and neighborhoods are in play to reproduce social inequalities in mental health?


To investigate these questions, we use several large-scale, genetically informed, longitudinal data sets.

We also use register data and data collected through smartphone apps to examine psychosocial sources of mental health in a life-course perspective.

We apply a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of such data, by using analytical tools from several disciplines, such as psychology, economy, and genetics.


Associated projects

Pathways into Marginalization: A 28-Year Longitudinal Study from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood (2020 - 2025)

In this research project, we investigate the causes and consequences of marginalization. We investigate how people become marginalized and why they experience problems in more than one area at a time. We also examine why marginalization is "inherited" from one generation to the next. Finally, we investigate whether marginalization experiences affect political attitudes and people's trust in institutions in Norway.


The Social Gradient in Mental Health: A Long-Term Longitudinal Study Integrating Survey Data, Register Data, and Molecular Genetic Data (2020 - 2025)

People with low income and low educational attainment have poorer health and die earlier than people with more socio-economic resources. Mental health is one of several areas in which social inequality in health is observed. In this project, we examine social inequality in a variety of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, eating problems, conduct problems, and drug use. We want to know how social inequality in mental health develops from adolescence and into adulthood.

Published Apr. 15, 2019 4:19 PM - Last modified Apr. 22, 2020 12:51 PM